Restaurant Review: Le Caprice

Warmth and sophistication can be found in equal measure at this Green Park institution

Situated in Mayfair and only a short walk from Green Park station, for the last 30 years Le Caprice has been serving up the perfect blend of British, European and American cuisine. The restaurant has a fine-dining feel but with a more relaxed atmosphere.

Upon entry you will be greeted by the friendly and attentive waiting staff; you can either go straight to your table or sit in the bar area and sample some of the restaurant’s delicious cocktails and selection of fine wines. The in-house pianist adds to the ambience; coupled with the black-and-white decor, it’s a wonderfully traditional touch that makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time to a restaurant of old.

The cocktail menu has a wide variety of drinks but avoids being too overbearing. If you still can’t decide, the staff will happily make suggestions to suit your individual taste. The Pear Star, containing rum, crème de poire and lime juice, went down extremely well.

Once seated at your table, the relaxed atmosphere continues while the staff ensure that service flows seamlessly throughout your dining experience. The food menu offers a well-rounded selection of classic dishes, including a large assortment of seafood choices. The list of options is nicely sized but still offers a good mixture for diners, taking different preferences into consideration. The menu includes an array of tempting vegetarian options such as strozzapreti pasta with wild mushrooms and Périgord truffle. 

One of many highlights was the starter of chargrilled octopus served with smoked chorizo and Padrón peppers, which was absolutely delicious and extremely moreish. The main-course standout was the fillet of sea-reared trout, served with steamed barba di fratte brown shrimp and blood orange sauce; it came perfectly cooked, with the sauce adding that factor of indulgence. The monkfish and prawn tikka masala with saffron pilaf was also mouth-wateringly good, a very sophisticated and modern take on the traditional dish. If you can squeeze in dessert, then do – the iced fleur de sel chocolate crunch bar was exquisite, with presentation so outstanding that you won’t know whether to eat it or admire it as a work of art!

With its balanced sophistication, Le Caprice provides a comfortable first-date setting where it’s easy to relax and have a conversation without the noise and bustle that you’ll find in many central London restaurants. Le Caprice’s convenient location next to Green Park also makes it ideally situated for a romantic walk before or after dinner, but make sure you book in advance as even on weeknights it gets busy.

Taking someone to Le Caprice will show that you’ve made an effort to find somewhere special. Here you can be sure that you’ll receive first-class service and excellent food, making it a definite recommendation if you want to impress.

www.le-caprice.co.uk

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