From Acton to Mayfair

Saturday, February 17th , 2024

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The Mount Street Restaurant in Mayfair has a very appealing menu and a large dining room with two whole floors of additional private rooms, all adorned with very expensive art. The food was mostly quite capable, and although the prices were high it was noticeable that the place was completely packed on a midweek evening, at a time when many fancy restaurants seem to be struggling.

Stones in Acton was the highest-rated London chippie in a recent national fish and chip shop competition, and it is indeed pretty good. The chips were unusually crisp, the haddock was nicely cooked and there were little details like the unusually classy imported German gherkins.

A more up-market contrast to fish and chips in Acton was a tasting menu at The Ritz, and it was particularly fine this week. A new crab dish (pictured) was dazzling and old favourites like the duck liver ballotine and the langoustines a la nage were as good as ever. Prices have nudged up here as they have everywhere, but you experience top-quality food and service here in sumptuous surroundings.