The Wolseley on Piccadilly is in good company – The Ritz, The Ham Yard Hotel and Claridges (to name but a few) are it’s key competition and none are situated far away. And yet this beautiful restaurant, with it’s Asian-inspired decor with black and gold lacquered cabinets and monochrome floor design, somehow stands apart.
This is the type of place where the waiter never seems to leave your side, and yet you don’t feel pestered. They swish past you whilst topping up your wine glass with an air of considerable grace. On a Saturday lunchtime, it’s extremely busy. I bought my Mum here for a Mother’s Day lunch, although we both ended up having eggs!
The Wolseley offers the a la carte menu – full of sophisticated yet classic dishes – or the all-day cafe menu, which is a little bit cheaper. It’s pretty expensive here though. Be prepared.
Eggs florentine (sans hollandaise)
We ordered from the cafe menu; I had eggs florentine whilst Mum had scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Simple dishes, but they were so elegantly presented. We washed this down with a bottle of wine, and sat there chatting for hours; no one moved us on or made us feel like we were outstaying our welcome. No timed tables here, it seems.
Apple strudel and cream
Our wine-induced decision to get dessert turned out to be great one – the carrot cake was moist and my apple strudel is the best I’ve had this side of the Danube. No regrets here! I loved how all of the china, glassware, tableware were mongrammed with the Wolseley crest. I’ll definitely be coming back with the rest of my family for the next special occasion (Dad can pay…)