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Jun 2, 2009 09:48 AM

Best Posh & Trendy -London

Will be going to London for the first time in July for four days. Will be staying at St. Martins Lane. We are looking for contemporary, hip restaurants with good decor and ambiance AND excellent food to match. Am considering the following:
1. The Square
2. L' Anima
3. Maze
4. Hakkasan
Could you please comment on these four and recommend any other? Thanks for your help!

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  1. The square is quite formal and the opposite of trendy.

    hakkasan and maze aren't bad calls. I like pied a terre a lot.

    1. I've been to Terroirs twice now and the food is good, classic French fare, and the wine really good. I would say it is very trendy with the wine set, but it is smart, not posh, if you know what I mean. You'll need to make a reservation, and it is a good place for a lighter dinner or lunch.

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      1. re: nanette

        worth clarifying:

        terroirs is a wine bar, not a restaurant. a very authentic french wine bar specialising in natural wines. it does simple food, produce based in small sharing/tapas type portions.

        it wouldn't be a destination meal as per the above, but it would be fun place if that's your thing.

        1. re: batfink23

          Good clarification, thought I had made that myself by saying light dinner or lunch. Though they claim to be a wine bar and restaurant, and Jancis seemed to think it was as well.

          I agree it isn't (yet) destination dining, but it is certainly one of the rather posh/smart and very trendy spots at the moment. On any given afternoon or evening, the vinerrati is out in force. It also got 9.5/10 from the Guardian quite recently and a lot of other very good press, so not a place to look down your nose at or to simply be described as "fun".

          1. re: nanette

            look they barely have a kitchen, they haven't been able to install proper extraction so they are very limited in what they can prepare. which is why the food is often very, very simple preparations. charcuterie, cheese, salads, & plainly served produce (anchovy, asparagus etc) it will never be destination dining, its not what they want, they're not equipped (or able), and the business model requires high table turnover.

            as a member of the so-called vinerrati, who will now declare an interest and relationship with one of the owners of terroirs, I am not underselling or turning my nose up in calling it fun. that's all it is. it's a wine bar. and a good one.

            1. re: batfink23

              Well then perhas you should remind them that they are a wine bar and suggest they amend their website that bills them as a "wine bar and restaurant". Or have you ignored the quail, duck, and steak on the menu?

              The original poster asked for comments on above 4 or any other places with a contemporary and hip atmosphere, and I suggest another spot for a light dinner or lunch, with very good wine. I never meant to imply that it was destination dining like the 4 mentioned, merely another place to consider that meets the criterion of "posh and trendy".

              1. re: nanette

                So would Terroirs be appropriate for a pre-theatre bite? I'm looking for a place to eat a moderate meal to tie us over through a 7:30pm Lion King show at the Lyceum Theatre, and Terroirs is not only close to the theatre but also open throughout the day so we can pop in as early as 5:30pm and just sample a bunch of dishes before heading to the show. Would a party of 6-8 need to make reservations for a 5:30pm dinner on a Thurs night?

                1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                  Yes, highly suitable, I would reserve as it is very popular. The food is good, lots of small plates, but the star is the wine list.

      2. I'm a big fan of Maze. It's certainly contemporary, has good decor and the food is wonderful. I've recently eaten at some very good spots in NYC and Phila. and only one meal back in the States could compare to the interesting grazing at Maze. Make sure you book way ahead for this one.

        1. I haven't been to the other three but I really like L'Anima. It's most definitely got ambience and the food's amazing.

          1. Hakkasan and Maze are good choices - as another poster said, Square is pretty formal. Maybe try Sketch instead - very trendy and great food to match.