Restaurant review: Clos Maggiore – London’s most romantic, says Time Out!

So yesterday I had the opportunity to dine at what is, according to Time Out London, London’s most romantic restaurant. Clos Maggiore is a small restaurant in a quiet street near Leicster Square – but if you walked by it, you would probably never guess that you just walked by London’s sweetheart date location.

On the inside, however, the restaurant is breath-taking. Despite the fact that this was the second time we visited, we still couldn’t get a table in their legendary garden room, which has flowers and trees on the ceiling and all around, decorated with fairy lights, and a fire place in the corner, surrounded by comfortable arm chairs to sit on for the diners. It really is beautiful. Although having booked a day in advance only, we didn’t really expect to get a table in there anyway. (At least we got closer than last time.)

Even with reservations, there is a good chance that you have to wait around 10 minutes to be seated – but staff make you extremely comfortable during that period, offering you cocktails, champagne or anything you fancy.

The outer room is also very romantic, fear not – the walls are covered with a green hedge with paintings on the wall, and exquisite French jazz makes the dinner even more enjoyable. And the food… Well, the food is mind-blowing!

With perfectly combined tastes from mainly the French and a little from the English cuisine, this restaurant really grabbed the essence of a romantic meal. The dishes are reasonably portioned and everything we tasted was extremely delicious. The food gets a 5/5 from me.

The view from the waiting room:

Waiting room viewMy starter: Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna, Smoked Crushed Aubergine & Feta, Lightly Spiced Chickpea Croquette (the consistency of the tuna was outstanding!)

2Year (5)
Fresh Maine Lobster, Scallop & King Prawn Tortellini, Roasted Scottish Langoustine & Warm Fragrant Piperade
2Year (1)
Slow Cooked Fillet of Cornish Cod ‘Rougaille’, Caught Off The Scottish Coast by the Fishing Boat ‘The Lapwing’, Roasted Vermicelli & Mussel Casserole, Iberico Chorizo Sauce and creamed spinach

2year (10)

Oven Roasted Rack Of Welsh Lamb & Braised Shank Grémolata, Grilled Ratte Potatoes, Black Olive & Goat’s Cheese, Light Lamb Jus – a bit too big of a dish for me (could hardly manage it with all that was going on on the plate!) but oh my God. I want it again.
2year (13)
My absolutely amazing dessert: Praline ‘Paris Brest’ & Toasted Salted Hazelnuts, Piémontais Hazelnut Ice Cream
2year (6)
Milk chocolate mille feuille:
2year (9)
Shockingly, of course, the restaurant isn’t cheap. (Sarcasm.) But with the quality of the food, the extremely beautiful design and, needles to say, flawlessly well-mannered (mostly French!) staff, it is worth a pay cheque. I had a lovely evening, amazing food – hopefully next time will be even better, if possible.
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About sgrvrnk

Vera Sugár, graduate with a journalism and creative writing degree, started writing at the age of 10. Passionate about literature, arts, history and languages, she speaks fluent English, French and Spanish. Her works are available at http://goodaswinter.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to Restaurant review: Clos Maggiore – London’s most romantic, says Time Out!

  1. dimshum says:

    Just stumbled across your review- this is getting me so excited as I’m going there next week! Love your posts; you have a new follower 🙂

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