If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I love the Four Seasons, champagne and spending time with my closest friends! Which is why when Angie suggested we have lunch at Four Seasons London, specifically in their indoor restaurant Amaranto, the only answer was when!
Having visited the Four Seasons London to experience their Veuve Clicquot Secret Garden and their Journey Through British Summertime Afternoon Tea earlier this summer, I knew that we were in for a foodie treat.
As most lunches that Angie and I have do, we started with a cool glass of champagne. Veuve Clicquot is the house champagne at the Four Seasons London and so we ordered two glasses to toast with. I was really excited to tell Angie about my recent trip to Paris and to hear all about her upcoming trip to Kenya.
Cheers was said to upcoming travels, to catch ups and to both of us generally having a lot in our lives to be happy about. I mean, Angie and I can usually find a reason to celebrate, but with me starting work the week after, we really did have at least one reason to cheers!
I love the luxurious feel of this hotel and the fact that the staff remember your exact preferences, down to the fact that when I ask for coffee they know that I love a skinny cappuccino at the end of my meal. In fact, I’m really looking forward to experiencing some Four Seasons hotels on my international travels next year.
But back to London… Amaranto is an Italian restaurant that serves all the delicious Italian cuisine that you would expect, plus British and international cuisine to suit Four Seasons diverse clients.
As I mentioned when I visited the Secret Garden, the bread basket was something of dreams. And something which Angie and I tried very hard to resist, but couldn’t!
After our champagne, our waiter recommended some Gavi de Gavi, in the form of an incredible Villa Sparina. A very crisp, dry and fruity wine, it was the perfect drink to match our Italian feast.
As the chefs had done on my previous visit, we were recommended to order the Air Dried Ham with Gnocco Fritto and aubergine caviar.
Fresh, salty ham and lovely, dark aubergine made a great starter.
Our second (shared) starter, was the Sicilian red prawns with heritage tomatoes and a tomato jus.
A beautifully presented dish, especially for two fish lovers, we were hoping for great things from this dish.
Though it was a stunning plate, we both felt that it was lacking some flavour and could have been a little more exciting.
We had mentioned to the chef that we were both trying to be good that day, but he insisted that we have some mid-course treats… And I’m so glad that we did as they were some of the best dishes of the day.
One of those dishes was the truffle risotto, which we both agreed was like nothing we had tasted before. With risotto rice flown in from Italy to ensure that it’s the best quality possible, as well as dark, earthy truffles and mushrooms, it was a dish I would order again and again.
Our first main course was the Scottish blue lobster linguine with a delicious tomato sauce.
Generous helpings of lobster, a slightly creamy but utterly light tomato sauce and linguine which was perfectly al dente, we couldn’t have been happier with this dish.
Feeling ever so slightly full we were slightly worried we had over-ordered, but when we saw our dishes arrive at our table we knew we would find the space..!
A beautiful fish platter which Angie literally couldn’t wait to get her hands on!
Served with crisp roast potatoes, broccoli…
…and a side serving of asparagus.
Four Seasons certainly saved the best and most sinful course till last…
One of our desserts was the Six Little Sins ; a platter which comprised a perfect chocolate fondant, cocoa crumble, white chocolate ice cream and vanilla cream. Picture perfect Gianduia chocolate sauce is then poured over a chocolate ball to uncover fresh fruits inside.
Trying to feel a little less gluttonous we ordered the Hampshire strawberry and basil mousse. I loved the reference to Hampshire, where Four Seasons have their country retreat, in this dessert – and it made me want to visit that hotel even more!
A picture perfect light and fruity dessert it was not only the perfect complement to the Six Little Sins but a stunningly presented end to our meal.
I honestly couldn’t get enough of it…
There’s no one else I would have liked to celebrate my last weekday lunch with, and at one of London’s most luxurious venues. Hotel restaurants can often be quiet and lack a personality, but Four Seasons London’s Amaranto certainly doesn’t fall into this category.
In fact, I can quite easily see myself coming back with Andy for a luxury date night or as a post spa treat after a massage or facial at the incredible roof top spa at the Four Seasons London.
And of course I’ll be ordering the Six Little Sins again..!
There’s not an Angie-Lauren lunch that I don’t look forward to, but this is one lunch I’ll always treasure.
Amaranto at Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane
Our lunch was complimentary.