ADVERTORIAL • February 2019
Under the bright lights of Mayfair’s dining district, you need style, service and chef specials of exquisite quality to stay out of the shade. Take Quaglino’s; these up-market masters have watched celebrities, world-class chefs and even royalty pass through their glass doors over 90+ years of business. They’re standing proof that quality is timeless, and we have six suggestions as to why
When it comes to delivering deliciousness, Quaglino’s understand that you have to take risks. Earlier last year, the in-house bar team released a cocktail menu that explores ‘The Science of Sustainability’. This eclectic set of thirst-quenchers is comprised entirely of organic ingredients that require minimal transport, served up with metal and pasta straws, and are recommended by charities Hunger Project UK and Indie Ecology (who receive a donation on selected purchases). Available until 30 September 2019.
The history of Quaglino’s is sprinkled in stardust. Over its long tenure, this celebrated restaurant has hosted Queens, Princes and Princesses, actors, musicians, fashion icons and, yes, Benedict Cumberbatch. A celebrity sighting here is not uncommon; if Angelina Jolie is on her way out, you might find Kanye is popping in to take her place. Be sure to make an advance reservation for a table if you want in on the lights, camera, action.
In the year 1929, Giovanni Quaglino decided he would no longer work for others and began building his own business, one that his family could be proud of. His great kindness, excellent hospitality and exceptional eye for a superb meal remain the foundation upon which the restaurant exists today. Over 90 years, it has survived recessions to become a favourite eat-out for British royalty and a destination so sought-after that tables were traded on the exchange.
The celebs aren’t only sitting in chairs, they’re also standing on stage. There are an endless number of world-class entertainers to point at in Quaglino’s glittering history; during 2018, there were shows from singers Will Young, Rebecca Ferguson and Jocelyn Brown to name but a few. Without fail, the weekly line-ups feature live jazz and incredible vocals from some of the most critically acclaimed performers available in the city. As you enjoy your meal, you can be certain of ambient saxophones and finger-clicking verses.
Quaglino’s cooking staff are, customarily, superb. Among those who have had their hands on the pan are the globally-famous Mickael Weiss, MasterChef’s John Torode and, currently, Nuno Goncalves, who has revolutionised the menu with flurries such as mouth-watering stone bass and pomme mousseline; swordfish with aubergine caviar, and chargrilled chateaubriand with chestnut mushroom persillade. With so much experience behind the hob, your taste buds are in great hands.
Did we mention that Quaglino’s is based just a stone’s throw from St James’s Square? Among the white stone walls, tie boutiques and upscale art galleries, you’ll find a pair of glass doors, waiting to be pushed open. All of this is, of course, part of the experience; pelicans still swim on the lakes of St James’s Park and you can still walk the same path as royalty once trod from the 17th-century to the present day. For a weekend of the high-end variety, there is nowhere more fitting, or fittingly-situated.