The spice is right INTERNATIONAL ITALIAN
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artisanal Italian dishes. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.asellina.com. ME Hotel, 336 Strand, WC2R 1HA. T: 020-7395 2445. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
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.
Casual dining. ££. Daily L & D. www.verdi italian.com. Door 12, Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7070 4401. F4. Station: South Kensington.