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Review of Apsleys - CLOSED

Apsleys
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Belgravia
Description: Opened in September 2009, Apsleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant is the first restaurant outside Italy created by internationally renowned chef, Heinz Beck, holder of three Michelin stars at La Pergola in Rome. Heinz Beck soon earned the restaurant its own Michelin Star, when in February 2010 it became the fastest London establishment to be bestowed with the award and maintained this award onwards. Apsleys? stunning Venetian-style dining room, with its glass roof and plush upholstery, is one of the most beautiful spaces for dining in London, an elegant setting for any occasion. Overseen by Beck and run by Executive Chef Heros De Agostinis, who used to work with Heinz Beck in Rome. Beck has created a menu that focuses on lighter Mediterranean-inspired dishes and is concerned with keeping dishes healthy and as approachable as they are exciting. Signature dishes include the magnificent Carbonara Fagotelli of melt-in-the-mouth pasta parcels. At lunchtime, Apsleys' 'Menu del Giorno' is a popular choice, while Beck's seven course tasting menu is ideal for celebratory dinners. The wine list has enormous depth and includes some of the rarest vintages in the world. Apsleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant is located on the ground floor of The Lanesborough in the heart of Knightsbridge, the restaurant has two semi-private dining rooms available for larger parties.
Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

Came here following a recommendation and using a Top Table booking which proved good value. Confit duck starter worked well. Lamb main was very good quality although slightly lacking salt, nicely combined with the marinated aubergine. My wife's pumpkin soup and prawn risotto were also perfectly acceptable. For me the highlights were the desserts. I'm not usually a "puddings man" but the chocolate with passion fruit, and the complimentary chef's lime cheesecake were outstanding. The Darjeeling tea chocolates were also sublime.

The general ambience was a little stuffy and formal although the decor was opulent and certainly had a "wow factor". Wine list was incredibly impressive, around 30 pages of superior plonk, although sadly ranging from £60 - £10,000 a bottle.

Overall a nice experience, top class ingredients, although won't rushed to return.

Thank BlingDog
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Although it was quiet in the restaurant at lunchtime so the atmosphere was somewhat lacking the food was just delicious. Perfectly balanced flavours with beautiful textures. All three courses were faultless. Can't wait to return.

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Thank realcorkonian
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Perfect technique and service, in a half art deco / half typically British setting. One cannot really say this restaurant will surprise for innovation and creativity, but the food one gets is made to perfection. If you go there for lunch, you can get another of those bargain lunch menu that we all love. A tad austere and uptight, for my taste, but never intimidating. I liked it...

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2  Thank apalmero
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Our third restaurant in 4 days and the second through toptable (read other review).

We decided to choose this restaurant for it's location (as we were shopping) and for it's reputation for good food.

We rang ahead to check on "dress code" as I believe you need to show respect when dining at such an establishment. It transpired we were far from the least dressed up on the day and we had also gone to lengths to make sure we did not arrive with mountains of bags.

It was not full, yet we were placed right by the entrance and where the wine waiter appeared to spend half his life.

The setting (from what I could see from the cheap seats) was very nice.

The food was excellent however on receiving the bill we had been charged for a completely different offer (30% more) on pointing this out there was no apology, just simply a return with the correct bill.

If you are going to treat people who take up an offer like second class citizens, don't get involved in them.

I would definitely go back, but I would make sure I paid full price to get the true service.

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Thank Fussey45
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We are still in the after-glow of our recent lunch at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and despite this wanted to share a celebratory Sunday lunch with our family. My wife chose The Lanesborough's Apselys restaurant.

From the moment you arrive at what is unquestionably one of London's grandest Hotels with it's imposing Georgian facade overlooking Hyde Park your expectations are already high. The welcome from the doormen is the start of your special experience. Inside the welcome continues along with the grand design of the interior. If you like your hotels to be imposing and traditional then this is your type of place! What a delight then to be taken into Apsleys and to find this light and airy conservatory with stunning lighting, a mixed-up collage of classic art, large round tables and some rectangular ones complete with sofas!

The service from start to finish was impeccable; friendly, efficient and stylish in it's delivery of food and drink.

We opted for the set lunch and some champagne to start.

The food was superb, notable highlights were the Chef's Pasta which was some of the best pasta I have ever eaten, the lamb which was absolutely the very best I have ever eaten! The deserts were stunning creations with taste and texture to match.

We were offered the choice to move to the lounge for tea/coffee and petit fours - a welcome change to the table and a lovely relaxed end to a memorable meal.

We will no doubt return to sample the Afternoon Tea offering!

Highly recommended.

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Thank Mark H
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