If you are heading off to the theatre in London’s West End this summer and in search of a good restaurant for a pre-theatre meal, then we have three restaurant suggestions for you, depending on your taste.
Our first choice is the excellent Sussex Bar and Restaurant located in Soho on Frith Street, in the heart of the West End and only a five-minute walk from some of London’s biggest theatres including the Prince Edward Theatre, the Apollo Theatre and Soho Theatre.
Sussex is the fifth restaurant from the Gladwin Brothers, and offers a three-course Pre-Theatre Wellington Set Menu for two, which is priced at £48 per person in a cosy and intimate low-lit dining room adjacent to their bar.
The set menu offers a choice of either the Gin-Cured trout draped in dill or a selection of cured meats with pickles served on crisp bread. You also get to enjoy their deceptively delicious Local & Wilds Mushroom Marmite Eclairs, which is actually a play on words, so don’t worry if you’re not a Marmite fan, as there is actually no Marmite in the eclairs!
The main event is the fabulous Beef Wellington for two, which consists of a succulent premium beef fillet with wild mushrooms and thyme coated in a golden puff pastry, accompanied by the best Crispy Roasties you will ever taste, along with some Seasonal Greens and plenty of smooth and rich gravy jus.
Then, if you have any room left, how about finishing off your meal before the curtain goes up at the theatre, with a naughty but nice Dark Chocolate Honeycomb and Mascarpone and Tarragon Dust?
The pre-theatre menu is available Monday to Saturday and needs to be pre-ordered. For more details please visit: www.sussex-restaurant.com.
We head over to Covent Garden and famous Drury Lane for our second choice, which is Penelope’s at Hotel AMANO who offer an exciting and immersive dining experience bringing together under one roof the exotic cuisines of both Israel and Spain with a fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences.
There is a wide selection of starters to choose from, including a Roasted Israeli Aubergine, a Black Challah Calamari or Red Mullet. And for the main course, how about a Pork Belly with Vanilla Chilli Glaze, Endive and Fennel Dressing or Chicken with Mango Amba and Baharat Yoghurt. You can then round off your meal with either a rather indulgent Chocolate Tart with Miso Caramel or delicious Baklava Cheesecake with Orange Basil Sorbet.
The two course pre-theatre menu is priced at £25 while the three-course menu is £28 and is available from Tuesday to Saturday between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit: www.amanogroup.de.
We stay in Covent Garden for our third choice which is aimed at sushi lovers. SUSHISAMBA is located inside the famed Opera Terrace on top of the historic Grade II-listed Building with the restaurant running along the entire east side of the market, crowned by an Eric Parry-designed glass roof, making for some wonderful rooftop views across the piazza, especially on warm sunny summer evenings, and a perfect precursor to taking in a West End show.
Their pre and post-theatre menu is priced at £36 per person for three courses and is available from Monday and Friday from midday to 6:00pm, closing at 10:00pm.
The menu offers a culinary combination from Japan, Brazil and Peru that will hopefully suit most palates. Highlights include a mouth-watering selection of vegetable taquitos, tuna seviche and rolls, and fresh Robata Salmon made even better when paired with one of SUSHISAMBA’s signature cocktails, such as the Samba Sour or Kobe Cocktail.
For more information, and to check out their full menu and make a reservation, please visit: www.sushisamba.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Sussex Bar & Restaurant, Penelope’s and SUSHISAMBA