Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month, Galvin at The Athenaeum in Mayfair.
Prix fixe menus have become the norm in most restaurants throughout London, which offers both a positive and more inclusive culinary option, but also might give diners a moment of pause. While the prices can be competitive, there is often concern that quality will be lacking, however, with such fierce competition among restaurants, it has become a decidedly popular choice and one certainly worth exploring.
I also think there’s something a little comforting about a prix fixe menu: there’s a smaller choice of options making it easier for the undecided patron such as myself. It’s also sometimes a relief for the restaurant to make those crucial decisions for you. And you certainly know you’re in safe hands at Galvin at The Athenaeum, as the name itself is synonymous with a wealth of culinary experience. The restaurant is the creation of chef-restaurateurs Chris and Jeff Galvin of the eponymous Galvin at Windows in nearby Park Lane. The restaurant is also front and centre of this five-star luxury Mayfair hotel, which adds to a certain flurry of excitement and activity as guests mingle about the main foyer; yet, the restaurant itself hits just the right note with its relaxed, easy-going charm.
The prix fixe menu offers three courses and also allows a little flexibility as the sweet course has unlimited access to the dessert buffet (always music to my ears).