De­li­cious restau­rants

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Top restau­rants trans­form into con­vivial party venues, as Barry Toberman dis­cov­ers

BE­YOND WITH the stan­dard sim­chah venues are a num­ber of dis­tinc­tive restau­rants, set in some of Lon­don’s ritzi­est dis­tricts, that ac­tively cater to the Jewish mar­ket and can of­fer tai­lor-made cel­e­bra­tory pack­ages. For a spe­cial an­niver­sary or birth­day, they are par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing.

SAKE NO HANA

This May­fair es­tab­lish­ment — part of the Hakkasan group — can rus­tle up a healthily stylish menu of Ja­panese fare. It is housed in the Grade II-listed Econ­o­mist build­ing, a clas­sic of mod­ernist 1960s ar­chi­tec­ture, with an in­te­rior de­signed by ac­claimed Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma. The ca­pac­ity is 120, in­clud­ing 13 seats at the sushi counter. There are many veg­e­tar­ian op­tions and a com­plete veg­e­tar­ian menu.

SKETCH

Also in May­fair, this up­scale din­ing com­plex has a wealth of “pri­vate spa­ces”. Dec­o­rated as an en­chanted for­est and with its own bar, The Glade seats 40 (with noise re­stric­tions). For the food­ies, The Lec­ture Room and Li­brary is Sketch’s two Miche­lin-starred restau­rant. The Gallery seats 120; de­signed by the Turner Prize win­ner Martin Creed, the aes­thetic is the beauty of dif­fer­ence, so ev­ery chair and ta­ble is one of a kind. For a re­ally big func­tion, the en­tire site is avail­able for pri­vate takeover for a (stand­ing only) re­cep­tion.

QUAGLINO’S

This iconic cen­tral Lon­don restau­rant can seat 270 with dance floor. Menus are avail­able at var­i­ous price points. For ex­am­ple, from £55 for three cour­ses plus cof­fee, hosts can se­lect their main course from a list in­clud­ing roasted salmon, sea bream, green pea risotto and gnoc­chi with fresh tomato, egg­plant and smoked cheese. Also avail­able for dry hire by kosher cater­ers.

AV­ENUE

Cel­e­brate your big day with mod­ern Bri­tish din­ing in an el­e­gant West End set­ting able to ac­com­mo­date 140 guests for a sit-down din­ner with danc­ing. It’s also “a great blank can­vas space for fun them­ing ideas”. Sam­ple menus fea­ture roast sea bass or hake, a sea­sonal veg­e­tar­ian risotto and a tortellini of ri­cotta, Swiss chard and baby ar­ti­choke. Three course menus start from £48 per per­son and can be aug­mented with items such as a cheese plat­ter.

GALVIN AT WIN­DOWS

High-level din­ing at one of the cap­i­tal’s best rooms with a view — 28 floors up at the Park Lane Hil­ton — adds a new di­men­sion to the pho­tos. It seats 140 to dine; dou­ble that for a more in­for­mal event. The same menu is re­quired for the en­tire party (veg­e­tar­i­ans ex­cepted). Galvin does not do kosher, but dishes can be adapted.

PARA­MOUNT

Higher still (level 31 and up­wards), the Para­mount looks down on Lon­don from the Cen­tre Point build­ing, by Tot­ten­ham Court Road tube. Around 150 can be seated for din­ner on the 4,550 sq ft events space on the 31st floor, with de­signer fur­nish­ings and zinc bar. The east side of the 33rd floor view­ing gallery can also be hired for a cham­pagne re­cep­tions. There is a wide range of au­dio-vis­ual equip­ment and Para­mount works closely with spe­cial­ists in en­ter­tain­ment, fur­nish­ings, flow­ers and dé­cor.

Make a big en­trance at Quaglino’s

Bot­tom row, far left and cen­tre: op­u­lent pri­vate din­ing rooms at Para­mount. Left: Ja­panese chic at Sake No Hana

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