Kurobuta is a contemporary Japanese eatery in the Connaught Village that eschews the calm minimalism and soothing gongs of traditional dining dens – the emphasis is on having a good time in here. The head chef is Scott Hallsworth, formerly of Nobu fame, and his menu showcases this: just a few of the mouth-boggling options include tea-smoked lamb-chops, wagyu beef slices, sweet snow-crab nigiri, salmon gravadlax and avocado tartare with dill mayo, rice crunchies and fresh yuzu zest. From the blaring rock music to the playful twists on classic dishes, Kurobuta is a lively, laid-back choice for sharing small plates of imaginative, East-West kitchen fusion with some friends and maybe a bottle or two of Sake.
Social Wine and Tapas provides exactly that: a friendly, sumptuous bar set over two floors, with low lighting and leather upholstery in which to share incredible selections from the extensive wine list crafted by executive sommelier Laure Patry, and what’s been described as the best tapas this side of Spain. The latest instalment from unstoppable global restaurateur Jason Atherton together with Patry and creative food guru Frankie Van Loo, dishes such as chargrilled carrots with burnt aubergine, miso and walnut pesto, Szechuan fried chipirones, and a jamón, quail’s egg and cheese upmarket toastie are the perfect accompaniments to the staggering wine selection that might just leave you staggering out the door, already planning your next visit back for more.
For the night-owls prowling the city for after-hours eating, drinking and dancing, look no further than Noir W1. The intriguing name fits the locale, a sophisticated cocktail bar that also features a dedicated shisha-pipe smoking terrace and a cheekily-named ‘Frolic Room’ downstairs, which hosts DJs, live music and is open until 3am on weekends. Refined yet raucous, drinks such as the ‘Coquette’ of rum, strawberry, rose water, lime and candy floss contrast nicely with the more sultry ‘Blood Lust’ – including dry aged beef (yes we’re still on cocktails), smoked vodka, tomato juice and, somehow, shiitake mushroom. Up to you to discover the rest…
Hotel Chantelle is a New York import with all the hallmarks and trappings of the Big Apple’s best all-day, all-night eating, dining and lounging spots. Taking its name and decor from the famous NYC hotel, this London incarnation hosts live jazz bands for lazy Sunday brunches and boozy midweek lunches, while the after-hours cocktail bar keeps the spirits up and flowing until even later than the midnight kitchen closing time. Lobster Benedict or Mascarpone French Toast slip down dangerously well with one of their signature cocktails, such as the Penicillin C with scotch, ginger and lemon – just the trick to kickstart your system into the shivery season.
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