Just relaxing with a wonderful meal is not all that you can expect in London restaurants. Expect fun, drama, unusual tastes to name but a few of the unexpected offerings that can be found.
Take the stunning Café Royal in the West End a short walk away from Presidential Apartments Marylebone. During the day time, this is one of the most opulent tea room’s in London but at night it turns into something very different. This is London’s first, and only, dedicated dessert restaurant. Tasters of several different desserts are given, all with highly evocative names and beautifully presented. Queen of Hearts includes champagne bubbles, raspberries and a little chocolate playing card, Eat Me Drink Me is an unusual version of a Snickers bar while Jaffa Cake has chocolate mushrooms sprayed with essence of mandarin and placed within a little forest garden. This is a sensory experience, designed to appeal to your sense of touch, taste and sight! Best of all the portions are small, so you can enjoy several desserts during the evening!
Beach Blanket Babylon has been described as being a cross between a Georgian manor house, Baroque and Rococo French chateau. Think of highly ornate vintage furniture, a fireplace ornamented by a giant mouth, rose windows and colourful stained glass. Cocktails are very popular here, especially the Porn Star. Dine on white truffle cream cannelloni, sea bass with samphire and smoked tomato or explore the delights of Chocolate nemesis cake.
Decadence rules at Circus, even though the décor is definitely futuristic. This is where you can enjoy glamorous Pan-Asian food and drink while suddenly finding yourself entertained by surprise circus and cabaret acts who entertain on the tables! A glamorous fire-eater complete with top hat and feathered stole does take the attention away from the food or the sudden appearance of acrobats performing intricate displays above your head.
Sarastro is another dramatic West End restaurant. This is not the place for intimate conversations. Instead expect entertainment and stunning interior décor reminiscent of a lavish stage set. There are crushed velvet tablecloths and booths scattered around the room. Reviewers have said that this is the ‘show after the show’ due to the amount of musical entertainment provided for diners. As to the dining experience, expect a combination of Mediterrean with a touch of Turkish style.
Equally lively is Shaka Zulu. This is one of the largest combined restaurant, nightclub and bars in London in close proximity to some of the famous Aparthotels London. As its name suggests, this is a South African themed venue, with spectacular carvings, glowing woodwork and a lively atmosphere. Infectious music makes you want to get up and dance the night away, while the menu is certainly exotic with dishes such as Game and Ostrich Terrine, Smoked Snoek Pate, Buffalo Ribs and Vegetable Potjie. Afterwards enjoy a cocktail or two as Shaka Zulu is well known for its innovative sparkling drinks like Cherry Lane, and Zwelithini.
With some really popular centrally located Holiday Apartments in London you are sure to experience some of the most remarkable food and culture from across the world.