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A special occasion – Laurent at Hotel Cafe Royal

Why I love it: Elegant, sensational, and special

Is it worth getting an Uber for? For sure!

Expect: Delicious sushi and grills in a beautiful setting

Value for money: 8/10

Perfect for: A special occasion

Entering Hotel Café Royal just off Piccadilly, you’re greeted with such luxurious interior and you just know it is going to be a good meal. My expectations were high, but even higher when I entered the Laurent. Pure elegance – with high ceilings and a gorgeous bar. It was my parents’ 35th wedding anniversary, so it was something to celebrate!

Laurent is a grill restaurant and sushi bar by internationally renowned chef Laurent Tourondel. Laurent is best known in America where he operates casual fine dining restaurants and brought one to London. You receive complimentary cheddar and black pepper Yorkshire pudding-like pieces of bread with butter and hands down – one of the best I’ve ever had! It had such a lovely flavour and was so light! 

For appetisers, we had the spicy & crispy shrimp sushi with chili-lime mayo, avocado, grapefruit, sesame, and the Yellowtail Jalapeño-Ginger with yuzu guacamole, shiso, spring onion, and soy glaze. The sushi was so well-made, and you can taste the freshness of the fish. For mains, we had the Fillet steak, which comes with homemade butter and was cooked to perfection – exactly how I like it, a little charred on the outside but so moist and pink on the inside! I had this with 7 Peppercorn-Armagnac sauce on the side and our standard go-to sides of mash and creamy spinach. 

What made the meal even better was the impeccable service we received throughout the evening, with all the staff being so friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. I had also put a note in the booking that it was my parents’ anniversary and they went the extra mile by giving a complimentary dessert platter with ‘Happy Anniversary’ and mocktails for my parents and a glass of champagne for me to celebrate! 

It was such a memorable meal and something we will remember! 

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Marlena x


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