Fancy London restaurant suitable for large group on tight budget?
Long time lurker first time poster. We are a group of 18 postgrad students looking to celebrate passing our course. We would like to go somewhere with wow factor but the sticking point is the budget which is pretty tight about £30-£40 pp. I saw Galvin at windows do a set lunch for £45 incl wine and water but sadly they have said we would not be able to have this as we are such a large group. Does anyone have any suggestions? Many thanks for any help!
the problem you have here is numbers. not a lot of 'wow' factor restaurants are set-up to cater for these amounts. you're probably best looking at private dining rooms, assuming they'll apply the lunch menus (which they should in the current economic climate). i'd suggest:
l'autre pied. they have a private dining room that seats 16, so i suspect they'd be able to push it to 18 if you don't mind cosying up a little. most importantly, their set lunch is only £22.50 so plenty of room for wine, water and service.
hibiscus also has a private room, which does seat 18 and, again, offers belting value at lunch: 3 courses for £29.50 or £38 inc gls of wine, coffee and petit fours.
a little less obvious, but a great london stalwart, may be l'escargot. their 'barrel' room on the top floor is totally unique. the food is still overseen by mpw and it's £18 for 3 courses, lunch or early evening (pre-theatre).
personally, i'd plump for hibiscus. claude bosi is cooking up a storm right now (imo).