An oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden.
A peaceful French retreat in the centre of London.
A restaurant that plays host to more marriage proposals in a week than the Eiffel Tower does in a month.
However one chooses to depict Clos Maggiore, there is no denying it is not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the most romantic restaurants in London.
The blossom-filled conservatory – complete with retractable roof for an al fresco lunch, or a little summer stargazing – is an undeniably impressive sight. Come winter the blossoms remain, however the roof returns and guests toast themselves beside a roaring log fire as the space is transformed into an intimate snug, dotted with candles and serving delicious Provençal and Basque food.
Bow-tied waiters float over to you delivering the likes of pan-roasted sea bass (fresh from the South Coast) and Dorset crab croquette, alongside grilled green asparagus and lobster bisque; plus a zesty salad of seasonal green leaves and garden herbs, drizzled in black truffle vinaigrette. Next, the oven-roasted rib of limousin veal, for two, with a gratinated Spinach & gorgonzola lasagna, and a veal and rosemary jus. Followed of course by a tempting dessert selection, including a plate of caramelised Valrhona chocolate, burnt honey ice cream, and Armagnac jelly rightly described as a ‘Chocolate Sensation’.
Their wine list – which is considered a “fundamental part” of your experience at Clos Maggiore – spans 100 pages, 18 countries and four centuries, with some very, very impressive vintages on offer. And you can easily have a snifter from one of their more expensive bottles, as they serve a selection of their rarest by the glass.
You’ll be hard pushed to find better.
NOTE: Clos Maggiore is open daily for lunch (12-2.30pm) and dinner (5-11pm/10pm Sun). If you’d like to be in the “blossom” room / conservatory, make sure to stipulate this when reserving your table – which you can do right HERE.
Clos Maggiore | 33 King Street, WC2E 8JD | Last Updated: 4th August 2020
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