Kimchee is an extremely large restaurant standing tall in
High Holborn. This expansive space is filled with dark wooden screens making
the interior look extremely slick and stylish yet the restaurant balances this
by using traditional Korean tableware to maintain a sense of authenticity.
Having dined at the beyond prestigious Cinnamon Club in
Westminster, I had high hopes for Cinnamon Soho, the sister restaurant found in
a slightly dodgy looking street just off Carnaby Street. But this is the
problem of being the younger sister of a fabulous sibling, especially if you
don’t live up to the standards of grace and splendor that have already been
Cinnamon Club has a reputation for being the best Indian Restaurant in London and it certainly lived up to this on my long awaited visit. As the pinnacle of Indian cuisine in London I have been craving to go to Cinnamon Club for years and was beyond excited when the perfect opportunity came up.
This little gem tucked away in a corner of St. Martins courtyard impresses at first sight. The glassed walls look into a two floored dining area which is decked out with beautiful chandeliers, ornate candelabras and twinkling candles placed on cleverly aged wooden tables. On these tables are topped off with more candles in in old jam jars and aged oatmeal cans holding the cutlery.
Nam is not swanky, it’s cool. Located in an inconspicuous corner of Dear Street, Nam’s lack of gimmicks is strangely alluring. At first glance Nam looks more like a warehouse than a restaurant, with its grey walls and a stainless steel counter. However the clever combination of solid grey and multi cultured paper lanterns bring an edgy chic to the restaurant.
Levels: 5/5 Kilis is
the kind of place where love stories start. From the
moment you step into the low ceilinged warmly colored restaurant there is an
instant aura of comfort. This restaurant seems to emanate a welcoming glow, and
the waiters all emphasis this as they graciously greet diners.
The only restaurant in the UK in which I’ve had to take an
escalator up to, Gilgamesh is known for its swank. Yet it hardly resembles a
Costing a staggering £60 million to build, this 520 seat
space is representative of a high topped steel buffet tent at an army camp than
a cosy restaurant you’d want to have a relaxing evening meal in. I have never
encountered so large a space where no attempt has been made to break it up into
Suda is a fairly new restaurant and a fairly strange one at that. It is definitely swanky and it is obvious that it is also new. The entrance isn’t worn out yet by the footprints of regular diners and the interior still gleams.
Zara doesn’t aim for a swanky feel, instead it provides a comfortable and homely setting for diners. As you enter the restaurant diners will feel like they are walking into someone’s home, with terracotta floor tiles, cushioned benches lining the sides of the room and Turkish lamps dotted across the ceiling adding to the cosy layout.
Mary is a fine dining restaurant to which swank comes naturally.
quite recently this is one of those restaurants which takes your breath away
whilst instantaneously putting a smile on your face. What’s more this smile
keeps growing the further you go into the restaurant.
This has to be King’s Cross’s best kept secret, and a very good one at
Smithy’s is in the centre of London but has an intimate feel of a local
about it. Only those lucky enough to be in the know wine and dine here and it’s
obvious they appreciate the place.