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London’s best tasting menus

For the ultimate fine-dining experience, there’s no better way to explore a chef’s repertoire than by opting for the tasting menu. The smaller plates allow the diner to immerse themselves in a restaurant’s style of cuisine, and sommeliers are adept at pairing wines with the dishes on offer. Whatever you crave, there is a restaurant with a tasting menu to suit

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Sally McIlhone,

Galvin La Chapelle

Offering a stunning tasting menu in captivating surroundings, Galvin La Chapelle is an excellent choice for fine dining. The Grade II-listed building provides the perfect backdrop to the exceptional cuisine, which has been awarded a Michelin star. The seven-course gourmand menu (£75) features perfectly combined flavours in dishes such as lasagne of Dorset crab with beurre Nantais and pea shoots, or risotto of Burgundy black truffle, artichoke and cèpes. Pair each with the sommelier’s choice of wine to get the best from your meal. The third restaurant from the Galvin brothers, Chris and Jeff, La Chapelle has won countless accolades and continues to wow diners with its impeccable food and service.

Galvin La Chapelle, 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY, +44 (0)20 7299 0400, galvinrestaurants.com



A hip eatery on cool Shoreditch High Street, Lyle’s has commanded the attention of gourmets for its daily changing menu and interesting in-house events. The four-course tasting menu (£49, which can be supplemented with an additional cheese course) is offered in versions to suit meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, and might feature dishes such as pumpkin, whey and chestnut to start and apple, yeast and brioche for pudding. The wine list is superb and the restaurant holds various events, including the monthly Guest Series, where new, daring names in the culinary world are invited to take over the kitchen.

Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ, +44 (0)20 3011 5911, lyleslondon.com



A relative newcomer to London’s culinary establishment, Perilla is already showing innovation with ingredients. This can be seen across the menu: in its seaweed bread brushed with roasted lamb fat; in the fried duck egg with chopped mussels and parsley; and especially in its custard-based dessert, which might be flavoured with grapefruit, plum or walnuts depending on the date of your visit. The restaurant is slightly off the beaten track, but is close to the happening district of Dalston and is rapidly becoming a favourite of hip young things in the area. With its understated décor and the affordability of its tasting menu (£38 for six courses), it’s not hard to see why.

Perilla, 1-3 Green Lanes, London N16 9BS, +44 (0)20 7359 0779, perilladining.co.uk


The Clove Club

Another east London eatery helping to put the district on the map, The Clove Club offers a stunning 10-course menu for £110. Situated in the grand surroundings of Shoreditch Town Hall, The Clove Club started as a supper club, with the owners taking up permanent residence in 2013. The retro-inspired interior with blue-tiled kitchen provides the perfect backdrop to the dishes devised by Scottish chef Isaac McHale, which might include hay-smoked mallard, fermented cabbage, beetroot and blackcurrant, or apple tarte tartin with sour cream. Choose to accompany the tasting menu with the wine pairing, or the even more luxurious prestige pairing.

The Clove Club, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT, +44 (0)20 7729 6496, thecloveclub.com



Contemporary British fare can be found at Anglo, a rising star on London’s dining scene. The restaurant’s tasting menu is affordable and delicious, offering seven courses plus ‘Intros’ (amuse bouche-style snacks) for £45, with a drinks pairing for an additional £30. Offering seasonally changing dishes with mysterious names such as chocolate and beer or sea buckthorn and horseradish, Anglo captivates with its cooking and certainly impresses with its creativity. Understandably popular, the restaurant gets fully booked well in advance; be sure to plan ahead so as not to miss out.

Anglo, 30 St Cross Street, London EC1N 8UH, +44 (0)20 7430 1503, anglorestaurant.com



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