Review on Quaglino's
Resurrected in 1993, this 1930s St James's icon Quaglino's Restaurant has become a swaggering institution and a must-visit destination on the tourist map. It's the kind of place where you feel like a million dollars as you descend the fabulous staircase. Some will no doubt mourn the passing of the equally iconic cigarette girls (and even the bespoke 'Q' ashtrays), but at its best, Quaglino's still has a licence to thrill.
The impressively symmetrical dining room, sporting serried ranks of tables, mighty columns and bright clean colours is a dream ticket - especially for first-timers - and the food is right on the button. Shellfish and crustacea from the display counter remain one of the star turns, but the kitchen can also deliver a broad range of brasserie staples from chicken Kiev and fillet steak Rossini to poached halibut with saffron and mussel broth or roast rump of salt marsh lamb with sweetbreads, crushed peas and mint.
Grills, pasta and sharing dishes flesh out the repertoire and there are pots of caviar for those with serious money to spend. To conclude, try the French cheeses or something sweet like passion fruit Pavlova or zingy melon carpaccio with watermelon granita and vodka. Glamour is the name of the game and Champagne is - of course - the drink of choice: there's a prestige line-up for fizz fans and the rest of the wine list is populated by top names from France and the New World.
Quaglino's is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Fri (11.30am - 2.30pm Sat & Sun Brunch)
Dinner: 5.30 - 11.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express