Solo dining is understandably something which some people find quite difficult. However, with a few tips under my belt from lessons learned, I now find it a very enjoyable experience. In fact, it now feels like a real treat, especially if I go somewhere quite fancy…
In recent months I have discovered a few places where I have really enjoyed dining close to Piccadilly Circus. Here are my 3 top Mayfair restaurants for solo dining….
Click on the links for my full solo dining review of the following recommended restaurants…
This stylish Japanese restaurant in London’s Heddon Street offers exquisite food with impeccable presentation.
There are several dining areas at Sakagura ideal for people eating alone. Outdoors, the heated terrace overlooks the street, the perfect spot for watching the world go by while you dine. If eating inside is your preference, then reserve a space at the countertop dining area. The seats face the servers with your back to other diners. You are also likely to be sat with other people dining alone.
Sakagura has some great dining choices for people on their own too…
1. A Lunch Bento
These are beautifully presented on a kaiseke tray and very reasonably priced between £22-25. The meat choice includes sashimi, king prawn and vegetable tempura, a choice of meat or fish, wafu salada, sesame goma tofu with miso, shiso rice and tofu and wakame miso soup.
2. A Lunch Set for One
Choose from a selection of Donburi . Topped rice bowls with miso soup are priced between £13.50 and £18. Alternatively, a Gozen set costs £14-24 and consists of a meat or vegetable dish with rice, salad and miso soup.
3. Grill on your own charcoal barbecue or hot lava stone
The individual charcoal barbecues or hot lava stones are brought to your table so you can cook your own meat, seafood or vegetables. Your choice comes with steamed white rice, tofu and wakame miso soup and wafa salada. These cooking methods offer an alternative solo dining experience ideal for lunchtime or evening dining. Lunchtime set menus cost £25.
Ikoyi is a superb, upmarket restaurant serving West African dishes with a modern twist. For a more casual dining experience, choose the bar snacks menu with seating at the countertop bar. Alternatively, if you prefer something more formal, sit in the main restaurant area where you can choose from 2 set menus.
1. Bar Snacks
A couple of reasonably priced dishes can be ordered here alongside a range of interesting drinks. The smoked jollof rice is an exquisite, generous sized dish with the perfect amount of spice.
2. Set Menus
At lunchtime or between 5:30-6:30pm a set menu priced at £45 per person is available. It consists of a snack, starter and two main course dishes. After 6:30pm you may order a 10 course tasting menu costing £100 per person. Wine pairing is an optional extra, priced at £75.
Gaucho Piccadilly is one of a chain of restaurants in London serving a number of quintessentially Argentine dishes such as empañadas. Its heated, garden-like courtyard overlooks the street and is a wonderful area for solo dining. Main courses start from £14.50 and include a selection of steaks from premium Black Angus cattle bred in Argentina.
As well as my top Mayfair restaurants for solo dining, have a look at places in other areas of London I recommend…