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is the latest venture for Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton, in partnership with Restau- rant Associates. Head chef Paul Walsh dishes up contem- porary European cuisine, creating simple dishes, showcasing the best of British ingre- dients in a beautiful environment. Try the John Dory with mussels and the strawberry soufflé for dessert. If you prefer a casual dinner with a large se- lection of drinks to choose from, City Social also features a bar area that seats 85 people in a stylish, glamorous setting with incredible views of London down below. Bar service includes a selection of cocktails inspired by the 1910- 1930s prohibition era. Award-winning mixolo- gist, Gareth Evans, has designed simple, short, spirit-based cocktails featuring Scotch, Ameri- can whiskies, gins and cognacs; be sure to try his Champagne cocktails. It’s no surprise that the Metro Wine Bar and Bistro is a culinary success given that renowned hotelier David Levin is at the helm. Discreetly tucked away on Knightsbridge’s Basil Street, the restaurant is located in the stylish 5-star boutique hotel, The Levin. A stone’s throw from Harrod’s, Harvey Nichols, and the chic designer shops on Sloane Street, the Levin is a must on your London dining excursion. The Metro serves British favorites like fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie, double baked cheese soufflé, and a mouthwatering selection of pud- dings and warm chocolate torte. www.levinwines.com www.thelevinhotel.co.uk NOPI Yotem Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, Plenty and Jerusalem , are favorites of mine, not only for the innovative recipes of Mediterranean, Mid- dle East, and Asian dishes, but for the fascinat- ing story behind the partnership of Yotem Ot- tolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Both grew up in Jerusalem–Yotem in the Jewish west, and Sami, in the Arab east. Their paths crossed while they were both living and working in the Lon- don food scene. Certainly, my trip to London would not have been complete without a visit to Nopi, Ottolenghi’s West End restaurant. The restaurant is dazzling, bathed in white with marble floors, tile walls and tabletops. The monochromatic theme allows the imaginative 25 Broad Street, London www.citysociallondon.com METRO WINE BAR AND BISTRO


and mackerel rillettes. Among entrées, the diver scallop and roasted chicken with an English pea velouté, baby courgette flower, peas and pea shoots, and an English aspara- gus fritter doused in lemon oil is a succu- lent dish. A popular vegetable is the steamed baby bok choi with smoked rapeseed oil and fried crumbs. Complete the meal with an awesome apricot and Cointreau soufflé. An

extensive wine list is available. 99 Kensington High Street, London www.roofgardens.virgin.com CITY SOCIAL RESTAURANT

A recent addition to the London scene, City Social at Tower 42 has started off with a bang. Situated on the 24 th floor of this iconic sky- scraper in the heart of London, the restaurant


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