I have £200 to spend on lunch for two. Where should I go?
So, my Granny died earlier this week after a very long illness. She didn't have much money, but she has left me £200, which is a good amount to spend on a slap-up lunch or dinner in her memory. She liked to have fun, did my Granny, so I think she would approve.
At the moment I'm leaning towards Le Gavroche or the River Café, but I'm open to suggestions. It goes without saying that I want to go somewhere special. Help me Chowhounds!
Other ideas to consider: go to a more "regular" place (I'm thinking something like Arbutus in terms of price range for food) and use most of the money to get a great bottle of wine. For example,a stunning Rhone from 1990 is doable, e.g. a Domaine de la Janasse Chaupin Chateauneuf de Pape; you might even be able to score a half bottle of '83 Ch. Margaux within this budget.
Or go for truffles, apparently this a good year for white truffles.
for £200 on lunch if youre a canny shopper you can pretty much go anywhere you like !
The river cafe is definitely de rigeur at the moment , but i reckon you can get the same quality at zafferano for lunch at half the price .
I would recommend Ambassade de ille for a real spend . Its extremely expensive but the dishes are remarkable . Infact ive never tasted meals of that quailty in London , you have to go to the continent to beat the food . At lunch youd easily come within your budget but i reckon you could just about squeeze it at dinner too , even if you had to top it a tad .
I disagree about Zaffs. Mains have always disappointed there.
Pasta-wise I have had a mixed bag.
All that said, there current menu does read deliciously.
I am glad you mention Ambassade. I have long championed this spot.
However, I find, speaking to others, they either love it or hate it.