Our love of food and dining dates back to Ancient Rome. This important aspect of human social interaction has, consequently, had an age to develop, mature, and become a way of life. It brings us together like nothing else: sitting around the table talking and chewing! In London we are privileged to enjoy a plethora of places to dine. Why not explore a few ways to dine differently in our blessed Capital, tried and tested by yours truly.
Dine in the dark at Dans le Noir
Ever heard of one sense being heightened when another doesn’t function as it should? Dans le Noir captures the unusual and offers us something intriguing. You eat in the pitch dark (which for some may be exactly what’s required on a date) and are served by partially-sighted or blind people. Extract the sense of sight and the taste buds have the potential to go into overdrive.
Dine with new people on TableCrowd
Fancy meeting new people over dinner? You can do just that with new-on-the-scene, TableCrowd. Tables are themed by interests, and you can choose to dine all over London with a group of new people. Recent tables included, “Dine on the Riverbank”, “Hungry Romantics meet over dinner” and “Professionals and Entrepreneurs Networking”. Be bold and meet some new people whilst enjoying some of London’s finest restaurants.
Dine with a view at Paramount
I was treated to a surprise birthday dinner at Paramount at the top of Centre Point, although this would actually have made a wonderful date. The view was tremendous, topped only by the menu and service (I can highly recommend the scallops). We slumped into the comfy sofas for an aperitif before being shown to our table and then retired back to the sofas for a few night caps after dinner (are night caps meant to be plural?)
Theatrical Dining at Sarastro
The fabulous décor with theatrical props, opera boxes (request one with your reservation!) and velvet drapes mean the flamboyant Sarastro is truly dramatic dining. The restaurant is named after a character from Mozart's The Magic Flute and the food is Mediterranean-Turkish. If you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to an opera and string quartet performance whilst you dine.
Dine on a boat with a Thames Dinner Cruise
Step off the terra firma for a uniquely satisfying dining experience. The view, of course, ever changing as you navigate down a wonderfully lit Thames. Float by the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the Docklands and the 02 Arena. Captain Ahoy! Mine’s the grilled mullet washed down with a nice red and a bitter almond crème brûlée for dessert.
Dine with technology at Inamo
Why wait for service when you can have everything at your fingertips? At Inamo the interactive menu is projected onto your table and allows you to immediately order more of what you like and even see what the chefs are up to in the kitchen via the webcam! Enjoy Oriental fusion cuisine in an always-vibrant setting, whether dining at the Wardour Street or St James restaurant. Only one down side, the bill! It creeps up quickly when you can just keep ordering more more more through the touch of a button.