The spice is right IN­TER­NA­TIONAL ITAL­IAN

Where London - - Dining - Bbar Boc­con­cino

Just min­utes from Ox­ford Cir­cus re­sides one of Lon­don’s best-loved In­dian res­tau­rants, Gay­lord – a fine-din­ing des­ti­na­tion that cel­e­brates its 50th birth­day this year. Tra­di­tional Mugh­lai and north In­dian dishes are in­no­va­tively pre­sented but clas­sic in flavour. If you can’t de­cide, opt for the Ma­haraja Feast: a gen­er­ous three-course set menu that in­cludes mixed ke­babs, lamb ro­gan josh or but­ter chicken, and ras­malai (sweet dumplings) or gu­lab ja­mun (melt-in-the-mouth sponge balls doused in rose syrup). Friendly ser­vice and fan­tas­tic food sug­gest this In­dian gem will be around for an­other half a cen­tury.

Veeraswamy

The UK’s old­est In­dian res­tau­rant mar­ries an op­u­lent in­te­rior with stylish cui­sine. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.veeraswamy.com. Mez­za­nine Floor, Vic­tory House, 99 Re­gent St, W1B 4RS. T: 020-7734 1401. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus. Top-qual­ity meat at this res­tau­rant and bar. ££. Daily L & D. www.bbar­lon­don.com. 43 Buck­ing­ham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PP. T: 020-7958 7000. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Saras­tro

The­atri­cal dé­cor, with arias from Royal Opera House singers (Sun-Mon). ££. Daily L & D. www.saras­tro res­tau­rant.com. 126 Drury Lane, WC2B 5SU. T: 020-7836 0101. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den. Serves au­then­tic Ital­ian cui­sine. £££. Daily L & D. www.boc­con­ci­norestau­rant.co.uk. 19 Berke­ley St, W1J 8ED. T: 020-7499 4510. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Cic­chetti

Out­stand­ing small plates and a buzzy at­mos­phere. ££. Daily B, L & D. www.san­car­loci­c­chetti.co.uk. 30 Welling­ton St, WC2E 7BD (and Pic­cadilly branch). T: 020-7240 6339. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Cucina Asel­lina

Ar­ti­sanal Ital­ian dishes. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.asel­lina.com. ME Ho­tel, 336 Strand, WC2R 1HA. T: 020-7395 2445. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Gigi’s

Clas­sic Ital­ian dishes. £££. Mon-Sat L & D. www.gigis­may­fair.com. 22 Wood­stock St, W1C 2AR. T: 020-7499 8743. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

May­fair Pizza Co

Watch chefs cook in an open-plan kitchen with its rus­tic oven. ££. Daily L & D. www.may­fair­pizza co.com. 4 Lan­cashire Court, New Bond St, W1S 1EY. T: 020-7629 2889. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Verdi

Ca­sual din­ing. ££. Daily L & D. www.verdi ital­ian.com. Door 12, Royal Al­bert Hall, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7070 4401. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

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