Where To Take Her This Week – 9 October

Our regular guide to impressing your other half on your next night out

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1 | For a suave cocktail: The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

Everyone knows The Savoy. It’s code for Art Deco glamour and is the answer to one rather regular pub quiz question (to do with driving on the right — it’s a good one to have in the bank). So you’d expect to get a decent drink there and, for that, we favour The Beaufort Bar.

It’s a true place to impress, draped in black velvet with golden trimmings and a piano tinkling in the background. But the brand new cocktail menu (unveiled this week after more than a year of work) will really win you some plaudits. Forget faddy pop-up bars, The Beaufort is staying put and has come up with an actual pop-up menu. It’s like reading time for grown-ups. Beautifully crafted illustrations depicting each drink jump out at you as you turn the pages, each creation bearing some relevance to the hotel’s history. In fact, some are secretly marked out as special and you get the entire drinks trolley brought to your table for the final flourishes, along with the full accompanying story (we can’t say which ones, though — that would be telling).

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The Savoy, Strand, London WC

2 | For a romantic meat fest: Odette’s

The beginning of October means the beginning of game season. And that, in turn, means that some very meaty meat will be appearing on the menus of various fine eateries. Your mouth is watering already, I can tell. So how to sell that as a romantic option? Try Odette’s in Primrose Hill.

A small, intimate and pretty looking restaurant with absolutely staunch regulars, Odette’s is looked after by owner and chef, Bryn Williams. Lucky Bryn grew up on a farm in North Wales and his game is therefore delivered bi-weekly, courtesy of his dad and uncle. So we can’t tell you what will be on the menu — it all depends on the kill. Try the loin of venison: it’s cooked perfectly and sometimes comes with a mini venison pie on the side, warmed by a whiff of cocoa powder. The wood pigeon consommé is a particularly delicate option, and we hear the snipe is particularly worth nabbing — if you can.

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Odette’s Restaurant, 130 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, London NW

3 | For indulging the chocoholic: Plum + Spilt Milk and Gü ‘s Chocolate Week Menu

Chocolate is the key to many a heart and, in case you hadn’t heard, Monday 13 October marks the start of National Chocolate Week. Yes, there really is such a thing. To make this most of it, the undisputed kings of at-home chocolate puddings, Gü, have teamed up with the excellent Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant at The Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross, meaning that you don’t even have to turn the microwave on yourself to get your cocoa fix.

The special three-course menu features chocolate all the way through, alongside scallops, then venison, and culminating with a white chocolate and tonka bean melting middle with caramelized white chocolate ice cream and mandarin confit. Food porn alert.

The Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross Station, Pancras Road, London N1


4 | For a treat on special offer: Pied à Terre’s London Restaurant Festival Menu

The London Restaurant Festival is now running until 27 October and so, if you are feeling terribly energetic, you can gallivant about town, taking in masterclasses and doing foodie tours and getting all overexcited. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the fact that many restaurants (from chains, all the way upwards) are offering special bargain menus of their very best dishes to celebrate. So this is your chance to take her somewhere a bit flash, without your wallet imploding as it otherwise might. And we suggest Pied-A-Terre.

Situated in a Georgian townhouse on Charlotte Street, Pied à Terre’s flashiness is proven by its very subtlety; a simple glass front with no pomp or razmataz leads you to Marcus Eaves’ Michelin-starred dining room. You can have three courses of exquisite French cuisine for £55, and exemplary service to boot.

London Restaurant Festival: 8 - 27 October 2014

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