Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, London
Tube: Bond Street
Tel: 44 207 499 0099
Concierge.com's insider take:
The lavish Art Deco interior by Thierry Despont may be formal, but the service is exceptionally friendly at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at Claridge's. Ramsay and head chef Mark Sargeant create rich, saucy modern European dishes: a starter of pressed foie gras marinated in Beaumes de Venise with pickled mushrooms, leek salad, and toasted brioche; a main course of Oxfordshire lamb with confit shoulder, spiced eggplant, green and white asparagus, and tarragon jus. There's no background music, just low-level "mmmm"s and the clink of silverware on fine china. Diners can order à la carte or try the six-course Prestige Menu; there's also a very reasonably priced set lunch at only £30 (about $60) per head. If you can stand the heat, you can watch Ramsay himself at work at the chef's table in the kitchen. That is, if he's not off cooking at one of his many other establishments, such as his eponymous, three-Michelin starred restaurant on Hospital Road…but good luck getting a table there (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, 68 Royal Hospital Rd., SW3; 44-207-352-4441; www.gordonramsay.com/royalhospitalroad).