As Personal Assistant’s we book hundreds of restaurants every year for our colleagues, our executives and let’s not forget ourselves.
I am Paula Gibson, a Personal Assistant and Founder of JLT’s Global PA Network for over 100 PA’s. Last year, I decided to set up www.Cityintrigue.com to give inspiration to my fellow PAs on trusted restaurants I’ve visited. Here I talk about five top restaurants in London to send your boss to, or to book yourself.
Hawksmoor proudly serves British bred beef, carefully reared and grass fed. I have booked Hawksmoor many a time, for it’s incredible (and famous) steaks, for its brilliant atmosphere, décor, superb cocktails and beautiful mouth-watering desserts… need I say more? Hawksmoor Spitalfields is excellent for long lunches, corporate dinners and private hire area for up to 55 or exclusive hire for up to 115 persons. Read my write-up for a lovely meal here.
I trust Fish Market, I know that whoever I send there (including myself) will have a delightful meal and be treated very well. Head Chef Andrea Mura serves up delicious fish, shellfish and luxurious platters of Colchester oysters. A perfect restaurant to visit if you are in the mood for a beautiful piece of grilled fish and a refreshing glass of white wine. My personal favourites include the Colchester Native oysters and Whole Cornish Crab. As featured in my ‘Safari in the City’ write-up here.
For a real Italian feast, it has to be Canto Corvino. This restaurant serves up beautiful dishes full of character and charm. I would recommend the lamb ribs with smoked aubergine, rosemary, sesame alongside some freshly baked focaccia. To follow, the linguine truffle carbonara with guanciale and pecorino cheese. Save this one for an extra long lunch where going back to the office isn’t necessary. Read more about my brunch experience at Canto Corvino here.
Now, this restaurant is not for the faint-hearted. If you don’t love spice, then perhaps this restaurant is not for you. The best things about this restaurant are the authentic Thai food and the novelty factor; gorgeous sticky rice served in little baskets and whole grilled horse mackerel, intensely flavoursome and striking in its presentation. Additional dishes to note are the southern style dry curry of minced pork, kaffir lime leaf and lemongrass served with fresh vegetables and the deep fried sea bass. Read more here.
If you are looking to impress, visit Mei Ume, a Chinese-Japanese fusion restaurant housed in the Four Seasons Hotel, Ten Trinity Square. Serving colourful dim sum, sashimi and nigari it is both a delight for the eyes as well as the belly. Their signature dish is a very intriguing whole Peking duck served with pancakes, cucumber, leek and as a second course with stir-fried duck meat and vegetables in black bean sauce, on a bed of crispy noodles. Read more about my visit to Mei Ume’s launch party here.