The weather is warming up, bringing colour, (occasional) sunshine, and loads of fresh produce to London. Some of our favourite restaurants really showcase this seasonal produce on new menus. Why not celebrate the change of season by treating your taste buds to the flavours of spring!
The name of our first pick is no coincidence. Upon entering Spring restaurant, you will find an atmosphere of warmth and elegance, as beautiful as a spring day. Of course, the brilliance of Spring isn’t just in the decor. We recommend dining at Spring to experience the bold flavours of their specially crafted spring menu. As a restaurant that prides themselves on seasonal menus, the dishes range from starters like “Spring Artichokes,” to mains like “Roasted River Trout.” Don’t forget to treat yourself to dessert with unique options such as |Polenta and Olive Oil Cake.” Spring is the quintessential restaurant for all things spring.
2. The Greenhouse
The Greenhouse is an oasis in the middle of Mayfair. Become fully immersed in the beauty of the season, entering by the tree-lined walkway, and sit surrounded by natural decor and full-length windows looking out onto a tranquil garden view. In springtime the menu really shines! The set menu is actually called Taste of Spring, and includes dishes such as “Rabbit with chickpeas, pequillos and mint,” “Dorset crab with mint jelly, cauliflower, granny smith and curry,” and “Green shiso with yuzu.”
Translated as ‘the soul’ in Italian, L’Anima offers Southern Italian dishes, created by chefs with a true passion for Italian cooking. The picture glass windows allow for great views of the changing of the seasons. Menus at L’Anima focus on quality ingredients and clarity of flavour, and seasonal produce is sourced from the land and sea around Britain and Italy.
4. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
The ‘Menu Jardin’ vegetarian tasting menu at three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester is the perfect dining experience to welcome in the new season. The ‘Menu Jardin’ showcases spring’s most sought-after produce. Expect beautifully presented vegetarian dishes created by Chef Alain Ducasse – a chef at the very top of his profession, holding 18 Michelin stars.
5. The Clove Club
Since its opening, The Clove Club has dominated the London culinary scene with a cutting-edge interpretation of fine British and European cuisine. This Shoreditch favourite has an ever-changing menu, so you can expect to try new and exciting flavours this spring! Possibilities include spring-inspired dishes such as“Radish & Bacon Scottish Mallard,” “Raw Orkney Scallop, Hazelnut, and Clementine Perigord Truffles,” and “Pot Roast Cauliflower, Cinnamon, Bay Leaf & Toasted Bread Sauce.” One thing is for certain, you will always be in for something original at The Clove Club.
What’s your favourite seasonal menu? Send me suggestions in the comments!