GREEN PARK RESTAURANTS
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Picture Green Park for a second. What do you see? The Royal Park? Perhaps the tube station? Probably not a collection of first-rate restaurants, bars and cafés, but that’s exactly what Green Park is home to.
We’ve listed our favourite Green Park restaurants below, based on actual visits, together with a rough costing for a 3 course meal with a glass of wine (unless stated otherwise).
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
TINY. TENACIOUS. TOKYO.
Shepherd Market, 3 mins from Green Park
This is a restaurant of Tokyo proportions and philosophy: tiny but tenacious; packing more flavour than most of its neighbours combined.
Titu describes itself as an ‘asian-fusion cuisine restaurant’; others have described it as a ‘gyoza restaurant’. Both are true. Gyozas are its queen, and they serve her majesty impeccably. There’s also a selection of flavour-packed side plates on offer (we’d suggest ordering around 4 plates per person).
The restaurant is the brainchild of Jeff Tyler, former head chef of Novikov, and the man is a flavour king. Titu isn’t fine dining, but its use of ingredients and balance of flavours are akin to it – expect the likes of wagyu beef and foie gras to make an appearance. Add a community-like atmosphere, and you’re onto a winner. Titu is that winner.
YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ITALIAN
Shepherd Market, 3 mins from Green Park
Counting fine-dining and award-winning restaurants among its neighbours, the odds are very much stacked against Misto.
Misto is a tiny, family-owned restaurant. It’s not trying to push the boundaries of Italian cuisine. Fusion? No, thanks. Great food and value? Bang on. You see, Misto is one thing: itself. It’s a friendly, neighbourhood Italian restaurant, the likes of which you’ll see peppered throughout Italy. And this is why it’s such a beloved place. Green Park restaurants lack ‘familiarity’ – the places that make you feel part of a close-knit circle, with the type of service you’d expect only regulars to receive, despite it being your first-ever visit.
As we mentioned, this is classic Italian cuisine: we’re huge fans of Misto’s pasta, prepared on-site and cooked al dente, with just enough sauce – we really hate to see noodles swimming. The calamari is banging; the ravioli melts in your mouth; and tiramisu lovers, rejoice, for you’re in the right place.
All in all, this is an Italian restaurant that continues to draw in just as many visitors as its fine-dining neighbours; a restaurant that knows its strengths, with a team that loves its customers.
WOOD GRILL, BABY
A flirtatious, intimate space that has somehow become everyone’s dirty little secret.
I recommended Kitty Fisher’s to my friends after my first visit. Turns out they already knew; turns out a lot of people do. If you’re already in the know, take the plunge and go here, or go again. If you don’t, you’re in for a treat…
The restaurant itself has an aura – the kind that makes you look around the room. There’s an air of importance but also secrecy about it. The secrecy makes more sense once you know the restaurant’s story: it’s named after an 18th-century prostitute that was one of the first people to be famous for the sake of being famous. Hard to imagine such a world…
Kitty Fisher’s is a British fare with Spanish twist – it classes itself as a ‘wood grill’, and let me tell you that grill is a thing of beauty. If you’re a meat eater, this place is sooo good. We had the wing rib for two – the edges of which were charcoal black; the main part of the meat the perfect pink. This stuff literally fell apart from the softest chew – I cannot stress how soft a chew. The other London Butler and I were nodding gormlessly to one another, as if we’d just dropped our first-ever tab of ecstasy.
This level of flavour extends far beyond the meat options: another of our party had the lemon sole, which caused them to also make weird groans; heck, even our side of potatoes was on another flavour level.
This place is seriously fu**** good.
PIANO & COCKTAILS
6-minute walk from Green Park
This is one of the best, perhaps the best Japanese food I’ve ever had in London. Seriously.
With two sittings of eight people per evening, each diner is served 20 courses of exquisitely-presented food, primarily consisting of raw and cooked fish, and shellfish.
There are two guiding principles running through Maru’s veins: ‘omotenashi’ and ‘omakase’.
Omotenashi translates to ‘wholeheartedly looking after your guests’ – this is far more than good service, rather the curation of an experience that makes you feel like the most important, and luckiest, diner in the world. Sounds extreme, yet somehow Maru achieves it: from the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave, every intricate detail has been taken care of – for instance, you’ll be asked how hungry you are before cooking begins, and offered a take-home treat for tomorrow’s breakfast as you depart.
You may be familiar with Omakase – this means ‘leave it up to the chef’ – and in the hands of Chef Maruyama, there’s no other way you’d have it. Changing daily, the menu is at Chef Maruyama’s whim: he decides what will be served that day depending on seasonality, what’s locally available, and what will make for the best tailor-made experience. Based on everyone I’ve spoken to, he nails it. Every. Single. Time.
Sushi is an art, but there’s some science to it too: time impacts experience. The longer you leave a hand roll at room temperature; the greater the chance of affecting the seaweed’s crispiness. It might sound wa**ky, but Maru’s attention to detail will make you think in this way. Prepare to be enlightened.
Maru is fine dining at its finest.
A CLASSIC FRENCH BISTRO
4-minute walk from Green Park
It’s all too easy to walk past Saint Jacques, peer in, and assume this is one of London’s many overpriced sub-par restaurants. But that would be a grave mistake.
This is classic French cuisine. In fact, it’s a classic French bistro, with marble-topped bar, checkerboard flooring, and charming hosts. It’s the kind of place that, upon entering, reassures: you’re in safe hands; it’s going to be a bloody good meal.
Richard, the proprietor, greeted us on arrival, and was on splendid form explaining the menu, dishes, and offering up suggestions. Saint Jaques isn’t a theatrical place, but you can tell it’s Richard’s stage.
As for food, expect French classics and modern twists such as scallops, soufflé, foie gras, escargots, soufflé au Roquefort, goats cheese eclair, lamb wellington and more.
We finished with crêpes Suzette, flamboyantly prepared at our table by Richard. And they tasted exactly how you want them to taste.
In fact, if we were to summarise this Green Park restaurant in one thought: everything – from the decor, staff, through to food – is exactly how you want it to be.
3-minute walk from Green Park Station
“Service will first and foremost remain front of mind” – whilst this certainly rings true, Ormer throws this adage out of the window. It’s not that the Ormer’s service is poor – in fact, quite the opposite – it’s just hard to imagine anything upstaging the food and drink here.
Located in Flemings Mayfair Hotel, and easily missed, this is one of the best restaurants in Green Park. Ormer is unashamedly lavish, unapologetically high-end, and unquestionably fine-dining.
Here, British produce reigns, being put together in imaginative ways that’ll leave you begging for larger portions. Remember, though, this is fine-dining, where taste buds are teased and tilliated via small portions.
We won’t delve into specific dishes, as Ormer’s menu is ever-changing, but we plumped for the 8-course taster menu with wine pairing – it’s pricey, but value for money.
At the time of writing, Ormer is yet to be awarded a Michelin Star, but it won’t be starless for much longer. You heard it here first.
Muse by Tom Aikens
9-minute walk from Green Park
Entering Muse is like entering the house of one of the most-lauded chefs in the country. In fact, the beautiful, unimposing mews building houses one of the best restaurants I have been to in London.
This ‘home’ feeling is very much echoed in the service and menu. This is a place of care: care for detail, quality, and experience. Chef extraordinaire, Tom Aikens, brings over a succession of dishes to all tables, as do his wonderful chefs, taking the time to go through the background of each plate (more on that in a second), ensuring you not only understand what’s in front of you, but that you’re also at ease. Again, it’s like someone making you feel comfortable in their home.
The menu is described as ‘experience-led’: each dish represents a time in Aikens’s life, be it key people, pivotal moments, or a place of meaning. Take, for instance, ‘Conquering the Beech Tree’, a dish that reflects – via langoustine, pork fat, and burnt apple – a time when Aikens climbed a tall copper beech in his garden. This concept might sound a tad wa**ky, but it somehow isn’t. It’s personal and intimate – the perfect summation of Muse.
This is my favourite restaurant in Green Park and surrounding areas. Hands down.
You gotta give this one a go.
A TASTE OF SPAIN IN MAYFAIR
4-minute walk from Green Park Station
Upmarket restaurants claiming to serve authentic national dishes tend to miss the mark. There’s usually something awry – a classic failing: inauthentic interiors. The point I’m making is that whilst many restaurants fail in this regard, El Norte doesn’t.
El Norte is authentic Iberian fare, combining classic Spanish flavours with modern Mediterranean twists.
The interior is the right blend of Spanish decor meets upmarket London restaurant: think tasselled light fittings; swirling fabrics; the space replete with green and chestnut furnishings.
The menu is vast and colourful. Standout dishes include cherry gazpacho with feta, Goat cheese, pistachio & honey croquettes (SO good), slow-cooked red wine ox cheek, and beef fillet with foie gras & roasted almonds.
And there’s a dedicated sangria menu. OH, HELLO.