Party Food

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For a party at­mos­phere, look no fur­ther than The Palo­mar. The staff can be seen singing along to Go­gol Bordello songs and ban­ter­ing in myr­iad lan­guages, but they al­ways give ex­cel­lent ser­vice. The restau­rant, an off­shoot of the popular Jerusalem eatery Mach­neyuda, presents a ri­otous party of Le­van­tine cui­sine: Pales­tinian, Turk­ish, Ye­meni and Iraqi, draw­ing on Jewish, Ara­bic and Mediter­ranean flavours. Follow the waiter’s rec­om­men­da­tion and start with a meze plat­ter. For some­thing more ad­ven­tur­ous, try the ’de­con­structed ke­bab’ – a plat­ter of spicy minced lamb with pine nuts and harissa.


This fam­ily-run restau­rant has an en­vi­able roof ter­race and late li­cence. It has been in the same lo­ca­tion for many years. Greek dishes inc meat­balls. £££. Mon-Sat L; daily D. www.el­y­see restau­ 13 Percy St, W1T 1DP. T: 020-7636 4804. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Rd.


North Africa comes to May­fair in this glam­orous can­dlelit restau­rant with au­then­tic Moroc­can dé­cor. Tasty mains inc chicken tagine with prunes and al­monds. £££. Mon-Sat L; daily D.­ 25 Hed­don St, W1B 4BH. T: 020-7434 4040. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Real Greek, The

Tuck into the Mediter­ranean flavours of meze with pitta dipped into dukkah, then try the sou­vlaki shar­ing dishes, or the two-course set meals, which are great value. ££. Daily L & D. www.the­re­al­greek. 2a South­wark Bridge Rd, SE1 9HA (and branches). T: 020-7620 0162. E10. Sta­tion: Bor­ough.

RIVER­SIDE Bateaux London

See London’s top sights on a river cruise, while din­ing on mod­ern Bri­tish cui­sine pre­pared in the boat’s gal­ley. £££. Daily L & D cruises; Sun jazz with three-course L. Nightly evening cruises 7.15pm. www.bateauxlon­ Em­bank­ment Pier, WC2N 6NU. T: 020-7695 1800. E8. Sta­tion: Em­bank­ment.

London Show­boat

Drift down the River Thames past London’s land­marks, while en­joy­ing a four-course din­ner. Price inc a drink and en­ter­tain­ment. Wed-Sun eve £ 75 per per­son; book­ing es­sen­tial. Departs West­min­ster Pier 7.30pm.­ West­min­ster Pier, SW1A 2JR. T: 020-7740 0400. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

R.S. His­pan­iola

De­light­ful moored restau­rant boat on the Thames serv­ing mod­ern Euro­pean cui­sine, such as rib-eye steak, pan-fried sea bass and but­ter­nut squash risotto. Desserts inc caramel and whisky mousse. £££. Daily L & D. www.his­pan­ Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment/Hunger­ford Bridge, WC2N 5DJ. T: 020-7839 3011. E8. Sta­tion: Em­bank­ment.


In­ti­mate In­done­sian restau­rant that serves Asian clas­sics inc Sin­ga­porean laksa and kari ayam Malay curry. Dishes range from hot spicy flavours to milder dishes. Set eight-course Ri­jsttafel menu £18.50, and the chef’s starter plat­ter for two for £13.20, are rec­om­mended. ££. Mon-Sat L; daily D. www.bali balirestau­ 150 Shaftes­bury Ave, WC2H 8HL. T: 020-7836 2644. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Sq.

Blue Ele­phant

Savour a Royal Thai menu at this river­side restau­rant filled with Asian an­tiques. Its multi-course tast­ing menus are per­fect for shar­ing. £££. Daily L & D. www.blueele­ The Boule­vard, Im­pe­rial Wharf, Towns­mead Rd, SW6 2UB. T: 020-7751 3111. Off map. Sta­tion: Chelsea Har­bour.

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