Conran designed high class restaurant on Fleet Street
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : French
Address : 85 Fleet street, The City , London`, EC4Y 1AE, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.lutyens-restaurant.com
Opening Times : Mon-Fri: 7.30am-12pm
Closest Tube : City Thameslink, St. Paul's
Perhaps no street in London smacks of action more than Fleet Street, the former home to British newspapers, situated right in the nexus of London‘s legal world. Lutyens channels a bit of that old school energy with a buttoned down dining room that is about as grown up as it gets. Opened by titan of design / dining Terrence Conran across from the old Reuters building and named for the legendary architect that built the building‘s façade, Lutyens offers two bars, two restaurants, an outside terrace, four private rooms, and a private members club downstairs.
On a Thursday lunch we were very impressed by Lutyen‘s comfortable yet buzzy dining room, bathed in natural light with tables spaced far enough apart that you aren‘t eavesdropping on your neighbour. As such, it‘s ideally suited for business meetings. Perhaps its most attractive feature is its wine cellar, which goes deep. The wine list is a veritable tome, with seemingly endless selections.
The service was excellent, the sommelier did a fine job pairing up the wines with our dishes. Quail pithivier was served with celeriac - the bird and the root vegetable baked into an immaculate shortcrust pastry and poured over with a thick, unctuous Madeira sauce. Sea bass sashimi with wasabi, guacamole and yuzu was its antipodal opposite, offering a fresh Nikkei take on the Japanese classic.
Roast stonebass was served with risotto nero (the rice imbued with cuttlefish ink to give it a dark hue and iodine flavour) as well as squid and a spicy, salty chilli gremolata. It was a masterclass in doing everything just so - the squid was tender and succulent, the risotto creamy and comforting, and the stonebass given a savoury crisp exterior and moist interior. Slow cooked suckling pork was a work of art - paired with an apple tarte fine, roast garlic purée and salsify - it was exactly the kind of dish you want on a chilly winter afternoon.
We finished off the meal with a pear and almond tart topped off with clotted cream, which was surprisingly light and airy. Finally, we indulged in the cheeseboard, enjoying great hunks of Lincolnshire Poacher, Cashel Blue and Tunworth.
For the City operator, Lutyens offers the full package - excellent wine, spot on service, finessed food and an array of different dining and meeting options.