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Dinner is Served: 18 of the Best Tasting Menus in London

Dinner is Served: 18 of the Best Tasting Menus in London

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Ever get that feeling like going a la carte might not cut it? These tasting menus in London have got your back.

Sometimes you’re sitting in front of a menu as time drags on and you struggle to make a decision, the eyes of your friends burning into you from across the table. Sometimes you’re just ballin’. On those occasions, don’t mess around: get the tasting menu. 

Showcasing some of the best food a chef can put out, they’re a great way to get the most out of your restaurant experience. London has ‘em by the bougie bucketful. 

From ultra high-end Michelin-decorated dining to creative East London kitchens, here are our top picks for the best-tasting menus in London.  

Brilliant Tasting Menus in London

Evelyn’s Table


Price: £120pp

Tucked down an alley in Chinatown, and then down a conspicuous flight of stairs you’ll find Evelyn’s Table – the ex-beer-cellar of an 18th-century pub turned personal, 12-seater restaurant. 

You can find that flight of stairs by looking for the pub they belong to, or keeping an eye out for the Michelin star they’ve got proudly affixed to the wall of the alley. 

Once inside you’ll be treated to an ever-changing five-course menu that fuses Chef James Goodyear’s influences of French and Japanese techniques and applies them to seasonal British produce. 


City of London 

Price: £135pp


We continue our tour of London’s finest tasting menus with another Michelin Guide entry: Angler

They were awarded their star for their excellent menu of sustainable seafood all sourced from British waters. Of course, the tip-top service and beautiful rooftop setting can’t have hurt their chances with the Michelin Man either. 

You can sample a spread of what they do best on their tasting menu. It’s a tour of things from the land, air and (mostly) sea that will set you back a few quid but is undoubtedly worth the money if you’ve got it to blow. 

Barge East 

Hackney Wick 

Price: £55pp

London never misses a chance for a good bit of waterside dining. If that’s what you’re looking for, Barge East should be on your radar. 

The owners sailed this barge all the way over to Hackney from Holland. Now they run a restaurant out of it, growing the produce they use in the kitchen on the canal banks and adhering to a strict ethic of sustainability. 

Their Taste of the Barge menu is a homage to some of the classic dishes that have been served aboard ship in the restaurant’s short-but-mighty history. 

Dinner By Heston 


Dinner by Heston
(c) Dinner by Heston

Price: Six courses £195pp, eight courses £230pp

We had to include this one – not only is Dinner By Heston one of the most famous restaurants in London, it also tops the list of many global rankings for best places to eat. 

Though Heston doesn’t offer a regular, dinner-time tasting menu at Dinner, he does have a very special option. That comes in the form of a six or eight-course tasting menu served at his chef’s table. Could you ask for something more exclusive? Not likely. 

If your pocket won’t stretch that far you could always come in and try the three-course set menu for lunch. That’s a more affordable £59 per person. 


Green Lanes 

Price: £66pp

Tasting menus in London don’t all have to be about white table clothes and waiters in tuxedos. If you know where to look you can find more casual options with food that’s just as exciting. 

One of those spots is Perilla. They’ve made themselves a cornerstone of the North London dining scene with a stunning menu of seasonally changing dishes. 

Though two visits are unlikely to be the same here, you can guarantee that what you’re eating will be fresh and prepared in a way that allows the ingredients to do the talking. 

The food takes that concept and works on a theme of modern European cuisine that you can sample the best of on their five-course tasting menu. 



Price: £90

Looking for vegan tasting menus in London? You can’t do much better for a touch of the class and some good, vegan cooking than at up-market Indian restaurant Trishna

They elevate the humble Indian curry to new levels, putting it on par with some of the best Indian restaurants in the city. You can experience their tasting menus in three forms: meaty, veggie and vegan. 

Each menu has its charms. Guinea Fowl Pepper Fry seems to call our name from the meaty card, but cubes of smoked pineapple tandoori-style seems too good to miss from the vegan. What to do? 

Restaurant Gordon Ramsey 


Price: £205 

Gordon Ramsey is mostly known for his shouty TV personality, and these days even more for the series of TikTok videos he made with his daughter that show an unknown cutesy side. Let’s not forget that the man came to fame for being the UK’s most promising chef. 

Though you won’t find him at his flagship kitchen much, his fingerprints are still all over Restaurant Gordon Ramsey. Noticeable by the fact it still retains the three Michelin stars it claimed back in 2001 – no small feat. 

You can try the best of what this place is all about with its Menu Prestige, an eight-course showcase of a chef at the top of his game. 

If you want to really splash out, £250 will get you Carte Blanche, an omakase dining option where you put your faith entirely in the chef’s hands and let him curate a unique tasting menu just for you. 

Sushi on Jones 

King’s Cross

Price: £48

Sushi on Jones 

Omakase sushi is probably one of the finest ways to rid yourself of the worrisome burden of choosing food. What if you get your order wrong? What if your friend’s dish looks better than yours?! Who’d want to deal with any of that? 

Instead, let the chef decide. At Sushi on Jones, they’ll run you through a delicious 12-course taster of what they do best: dishing up nigiri that is modern, playful and delicious. 

Don’t expect the type of stiff dining you might have seen at sushi restaurants on things like Chef’s Table or Jiro Dreams of Sushi. This is casual dining. Keep it relaxed, enjoy your food and get on the move: the meal probably won’t take longer than 45 minutes to finish. Such is the way with sushi. 

Read More: Sushi on Jones Review



Price: £65pp 

One of London’s best restaurants with a tasting menu, Nest does things a little differently. They chase a sustainable approach to cuisine by building regularly changing menus around only one type of meat. 

Once ordered they’ll go through their stock, making the most of every bit of an animal so that none of it goes to waste. Animals are changed every couple of months depending on what’s in season.

Their food only comes served as a tasting menu, £65pp for what is usually a nine-course spread with optional wine pairings for £52pp. It’s one you should really try. 



Price: £45 

If Nest’s isn’t the best-tasting menu in North London then 12:51’s is. This place is run by Chef James Cochran who used to work the kitchen at the Ledbury and has found his way onto the Great British Menu for his excellent cooking. 

They offer two menus, both five courses but one with meat and the other a veggie option. The latter might just be one of the best vegetarian tasting menus London has to offer.  

Both courses run on the same theme. Cochran’s homespun takes on modern cooking using the best ingredients from around the country and letting them shine in simple, delicious ways. 



Price: £120 

One of the most exciting things about waiting in a city as diverse as London is all the ways regional cooking gets to shine. Akoko is the epitome of this. West African food is seen through the lens of fine dining. 

They up that by using quality, seasonal ingredients from around the British isles to artfully prepare a tasting menu that hits notes of spice, umami and smoke from live-fire cooking. 

The price is steep but it gets you nine courses that work with ingredients from mussels to monkfish, and prized-cuts of Lake District beef – even making use of the tongue. 



Price: Five courses £160pp, seven courses £195pp

Hide has well established itself as one of the coolest restaurants in London. Split across three floors there’s plenty of space for dining and a hidden cocktail bar – very sleek – in the basement. 

They’ve got two options for tasting menus, both as appetising as the other. The decision will have to come down to just how much of their top-notch contemporary cooking you’ve got space for. 

Both menus include a 11yr Rubia Gallega sirloin steak that they do over a live charcoal grill, and that looks like something Francis Mallmann might encounter in his dreams. 

Pollen Street Social 


Price: £145

You might have noticed that a lot of restaurants in this guide use their tasting menus to showcase typically produce-led cooking, making the most of the seasons to dish up fresh, sustainable ingredients. 

Nowhere is that truer than in the kitchens of Jason Atherton. After learning the tricks of the trade from Ramsey he’s gone on to take on a restaurant empire of his own – one that stretches from London to Shanghai. 

To get a flavour of what he’s all about you’ll want to be at Pollen Street Social, ordering the tasting menu, probably adding the wine pairing and tucking into such delicacies as sake-washed monkfish and 65-day aged beef fillet topped with duck liver. 

A. Wong


Price: £200 

One of the most exciting tasting menus in London is without a doubt one of the several on offer at A. Wong’s. As Wong is quick to point out, China is far from a homogenous country. It shares 14 borders and is a veritable melting pot of cuisine

These many types of cooking are on display on A. Wong’s Taste of China menu – a menu so long and extensive that we can’t even count how many courses it involves. The fact that the restaurant recommends setting aside three and a half hours to get through it should be some indication of its length. 

As to its quality. We’ll let the Michelin star speak to that. 

Core by Clare Smyth


Price: £205

One of London’s most iconic restaurants has a tasting menu that’s up there with the best of the rest. Core by Clare Smyth grabbed two Michelin stars the year it opened and snuck the third in the year after. That move made Clare Smyth the first and only woman to hold three Michelin stars in Britain. 

The menu is slightly more playful than you might find at the other Michelin-star-studded venues around the city and therefore a nice entry point for people who aren’t used to the world of fine dining. 

No doubt they’ll find much to love about Highland wagyu beef and Porthilly oysters sitting side by side on a plate. 



Price: £72

Here’s a restaurant that truly belongs in this guide. Pidgin was built around the very concept of the tasting menu. The idea being that a restaurant could serve up a new tasting menu every week, and only that. 

They opened in 2015 and have been doing a roaring trade ever since, filling the restaurant up nightly with diners seeking their menu of highly original, creative dishes that are never the same. 

That’s right, never. Chefs James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy have never cooked the same dish on more than one menu, meaning they’ve created over 1000 new dishes since Pidgin opened. 



Price: £92.80pp

If you’re looking for the best tasting menus in London, you can’t overlook Hunan. Though we have to say we’re a bit iffy about including it in our tasting menu guide. That’s because it’s sort of the anti-tasting menu – there is no menu at all. 

You just hand over your cash, tell the chefs how spicy you like your food and any flavours you particularly love and they’ll come up with something entirely unique to you. In spite of numerous courses, no two meals will be the same.

Chef Peng has, over the years, come to develop his own style of Chinese cooking. It’s heavily rooted in the food of Taiwan, though it still holds strong to the Hunanese style he was trained in. 


London Bridge

Price: £135 

Looking for something original? A tasting menu that will likely do things you never expected from a cuisine. Try Sollip. Woong Chul Park and Bomee Ki run a tasting menu-only restaurant that blends modern European and Korean cooking to a fine art. 

The menu is a nine-course affair that flits between the two cuisines like a ballet dancer. You’ll be eating steak tartare one minute, and the next be dished up slices of Daikon Tarte Tatin so beautiful you almost don’t want to touch it. 

Fusion food gets a lot of schtick. Not here. 

London Tasting Menus: Practical Tips

  • If you’re after a tasting menu experience but are a little put off by the prices, check the restaurants in our guide for a lunch menu. If the restaurants offer a lunch service this is often a cheeky way to try some of what the place is about without breaking the bank. 
  • If you have to choose three places in our guide make sure you do: Core by Clare Smith for a high-end option, Barge East for something more affordable and Sollip for something in between. 
  • Remember that with added service charge and the price of a drink pairing, these meals can get even more expensive. 
  • Make sure you book these in advance. These places, by nature of the guide’s subject, are pretty sought-after reservations. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to walk in, especially if you’re dining at the weekend. 

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