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London's best tasting menus

Don’t choose your dishes: choose how many. Wet your lips and embark on a gourmet odyssey with London’s most decadent tasting menus

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London Editor

Tasting menus, where you can have 12 courses instead of two. Why sample one thing from a fine restaurant when you can experience all of the chef's skills in one sitting? In London many chef's have given up on the traditional fare and offer a tapas-style dinner with all the quality of a michelin-starred haunt. Here's our pick of the best. 

The Ledbury

Quite simply one of the best tasting menus in London – and the only option here on weekends – the gourmet odyssey at this two Michelin-starred, contemporary Notting Hill fine dining room unveils artistically presented dishes such as hand-dived scallop ceviche, horseradish and sorrel. There’s an emphasis on foraged ingredients and the staff and clientele here are as educated as the wine list. www.theledbury.com

The Clove Club

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At the enduringly popular Clove Club you don’t choose your dishes – rather, how many. Its home is the historic Shoreditch Town Hall – book in for five or ten dishes where rare British ingredients take centre stage. The Clove Club is a secret that London’s food and fashion-literate would rather keep to themselves. www.thecloveclub.com

Le Gavroche

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The textbook fine dining experience – the name for Michel Roux’s signature tasting journey is ‘Menu Exceptionnel’ and the experience lives up to its name. ‘Le Gav,’ as it’s affectionately known, is an olde world legend, where the magnificent and imaginative French dishes come matched with superlative wine flights in the intimate dining room and the meticulously presented dishes boast service to match. LUXOS Recommends: Commandeering the nine-person Chef’s Library and indulging in Roux’s daily changing six course menu. www.legavroche.com

HKK

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Take a journey through fine Chinese banquet dining at one of the twenty or so tables lining this minimal and muted rectangular space. There are just two supper options: omnivorous or vegetarian, enveloping ten stately courses in the Chinese banquet tradition – from roasted cherry wood Peking Duck theatrically carved at your table to wild sea bass with black truffle and balsamic vinegar. www.hkklondon.com

Pied a Terre

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Though you can opt for a la carte here, the preponderance of tasting menus – five of both veggie and meat options – reaches between three and ten courses, chef’s menus and elaborate food odysseys served at no extra cost (except the investment of booking far in advance) in the private dining room here. Our advice? Go large or go home. www.pied-a- terre.co.uk

Restaurant Story

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The premise is simple – you choose between the Half and Full Story. Then allocate four hours to luxuriate in the narrative of British food. Tom Sellers is the Michelin-starred prodigy who opened. Story a couple of years ago aged 26 following a biography taking in Per Se and Noma. Here, he presents a gastronomic memoir to this education and his native cuisine. Guests are encouraged to leave a tome to contribute to the Library, meaning that your experience isn’t for one night only - it forms part of the bibliography at Restaurant Story.  www.restaurantstory.co.uk

1 The Clove Club
2 The Ledbury
3 HKK
4 Le Gavroche
5 Pied a Terre
6 Restaurant Story