Terrace Grill and Bar Review: Luxury dining and locally-sourced food in the heart of the West End
To this day, Piccadilly is one of the most iconic and sought-after addresses in London. While it’s home to many of the capital’s most famous and lavish hotels, it’s (wrongly) not always recognised for its restaurants. One reason some may not have heard of Terrace Grill and Bar, is because it’s buried in Le Méridien Piccadilly. So last weekend, I sought to find out if it was the hotel’s hidden treasure…
Walking through the revolving doors of the Regency-style hotel, we immediately noticed the chic and contemporary interiors which continued throughout the hotel. We were guided towards the lifts by a helpful concierge and went up to the 2nd floor. On the night in question we visit, a majority of the lights were off for Earth Hour so the first 45 minutes of our evening was via candlelight and very atmospheric indeed. However, when the lights did come back on, they were warm and low, continuing the cosy ambiance. Although we dined when it was already dark outside, I can imagine the restaurant, with its glass ceiling and walls overlooking Piccadilly, would be an amazing space to eat breakfast or lunch in.
We had booked a TopTable deal for three courses and a glass of Dembies sparkling wine for £25 which was very good value for such high quality of food. Our party of three all ended up starting with the Smoked Haddock Soup, which came with some hot, fresh focaccia-style bread which were a delicious combination together. For the main, I opted for the Grilled Whole Sea Trout, which came served with new potatoes and a watercress salad. The fish was succulent and delicious, if a tad bony. Under this offer, my carnivore friend was able to order a Grilled Rump of Red Poll Beef, which she throughly enjoyed. To finish, I opted for a Bread and Butter Pudding, which was a perfect sized portion after such a large meal. It was light, but filling. After all our food, we ended our evening with a pot each of peppermint tea because we’re were feeling thoroughly full.
Throughout the meal, we were attended to by two friendly, female waitresses. We didn’t have to wait long for our food and didn’t feel under pressure to leave when we were the last ones in the restaurant. The venue itself was quite unique to London – like you’re in a large conservatory so there is lots of room and air. I would highly recommend the restaurant for a special occasion or if you fancy treating yourself. I would particularly suggest going for lunch or a light summer evening so you can fully appreciate the space. I also would like to try the adjoining Gin Bar, with their very appealing looking armchairs and cocktail menu.
- Terrace Grill and Bar at Le Méridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH. Tel: 020 7851 3085. Nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park. For more information and booking, visit the Terrace Grill & Bar website.
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