10 Must-Try Restaurants From London's Most Famous Chefs

By Malika Dalamal
June 9, 2014
By Malika Dalamal  |  June 9, 2014

You've seen them on TV and read all their cookbooks, but when was the last time you ate in a celebrity chef's restaurant? These five highly rated British chefs have a restaurant to suit every budget. Choose one of their high- or low-end eateries and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.

  • Heston Blumenthal

    High End: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
    For the full Blumenthal experience, head to his elegant restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel overlooking Hyde Park where the "culinary alchemist" uses his innovative cooking techniques to reinvent historic British recipes. The result: highly imaginative dishes like meat fruit, powdered duck breast and brown bread ice cream at equally high prices.
    66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA; 020 7201 3833

    Low End: The Perfectionists' Cafe
    Good food, served fast is the aim of Blumenthal's new restaurant in Heathrow's Terminal 2 where he has deconstructed Britain's favourite dishes to get to the root of what makes them delicious. Expect a "Three-finger Burger", liquid nitrogen ice cream and fish 'n' chips made with next-generation beer batter and served with an atomiser that can be sprayed in the air or on your food to re-create the smell of an authentic British chip shop.
    Heathrow Terminal 2, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 1EW

  • Gordon Ramsay

    High End: Maze
    Gordon Ramsay's swanky Mayfair restaurant serves a fusion of French and Asian food (expect dishes like marinated yellow fin tuna with Iberico ham and avocado purée or braised pork osso buco served with langoustine, apple and chilli purée). Opt for the à la carte, set or chef's tasting menu - or sit at the sushi bar to sample excellently crafted dishes like hamachi pecan and kani snow crab.
    10-13 Grosvenor Sq., W1K 6JP; 020 7495 2211

    Low End: York & Albany
    Set in a smart John Nash-designed building in Regent's Park, Ramsay's laid-back gastropub is sensibly priced, although it looks expensive thanks to the elegant interiors and a menu of top-notch Modern British dishes. Pizzas made in a wood-burning oven are served with gourmet toppings (tomato and Stilton; grilled courgette; squash) and can also be ordered to go.
    127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS; 020 7388 3344

  • Alain Ducasse

    High End: Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
    Dress up for dinner at the world-renowned chef's London restaurant. The finest new French cuisine is on offer, made using seasonal French and British ingredients, which currently includes seared John Dory, green asparagus, baby artichokes and more. The service and presentation will blow you away - as will the prices.
    The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Ln., W1K 1QA; 020 7629 8866

    Low End: Rivea
    It's hardly low end but Ducasse's second London restaurant - a Riviera-inspired casual dining spot similar to his existing one at The Hôtel Byblos in St. Tropez - is more affordable and laid-back than his Dorchester Hotel restaurant. The menu here focuses on small plates and lots of vegetables, so make sure you come with a healthy appetite.
    171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW; 020 7151 1025

  • Mark Hix

    High End: Tramshed
    Set in a breathtaking space in east London filled with huge installations by contemporary artist Damien Hirst, this hip restaurant offers an upmarket take on chicken and chips (Swainson House Farm roasted chicken with stuffing) as well as steaks (rib, sirloin, rib on the bone or porterhouse). A gallery and downstairs bar will keep you entertained before or after dinner.
    32 Rivington St., EC2A 3LX; 020 7749 0478

    Low End: Fish Dog
    Mark Hix does street food with a unique twist on the classic fish finger sandwich. Track down the 1971 Citroen H food truck and join the queue to try this hot dog made with locally sourced fish and topped with a minted mushy pea and tartare sauce.
    Follow @Fish_dogs on Twitter for exact location

  • Marco Pierre White

    High End: Wheeler's of St. James's
    This traditional British fish brand, reinvented by Marco Pierre White, is where you'll find top-quality seafood. Sit amongst the smart crowd and go back in time with classic dishes like prawn cocktail, bread and butter pudding and sardines on toast.
    72-73 Saint James's St., SW1A 1PH; 020 7408 1440

    Low End: Frankie's Sports Bar & Diner
    Marco Pierre White and jockey Frankie Dettori's Chelsea restaurant, located close to the action in Stampford Bridge, is the perfect place to watch any big sporting event. The American-style menu has an Italian twist so expect crispy calamari, mozzarella and tomato salad as well as New England clam chowder, burgers and milkshakes.
    Fulham Rd., SW6 1HS; 020 7957 8298


Places Mentioned

Food20 Decor19 Service18 Cost£42
Frankie's Sports Bar & Diner

American • Fulham

Food17 Decor17 Service20 Cost£37

British • Shoreditch

Food20 Decor24 Service18 Cost£37
Rivea London

European • Knightsbridge

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

French • Mayfair

Food27 Decor26 Service27 Cost£115
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

British • Knightsbridge

Food26 Decor24 Service26 Cost£91
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