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Roux at The Landau
It's clear before you enter the main restaurant area that The Landau restaurant prides itself on its extensive collection of wine. You'll find yourself walking through an atmospherically-lit hallway, dark yet unimposing, fringed with glass cabinet-encased wine bottles. This passageway connects the lobby to the restaurant.
The entire space seems to open up around you like a pair of unfolding arms. This is thanks to the curved, bay-windowed wall opposite. Not only does the natural light flood the room but that feeling of space, combined with the high ceiling and light colours throughout, allows for both numerous quantities of guests to eat at once, but a thoroughly social atmosphere. Overhead, three spindly chandeliers of copper hang with Chinese-lantern-style shades covering each of the seven bulbs arranged around the circular frame.
With a contemporary style of presentation, the dishes are focused on traditional French cuisine with modern twists, adhering to today's passion for lighter choices. Roux's menu is packed full of healthy, fresh ingredients, with starters such as citrus-cured organic salmon with caviar; salt cod with crisp, Cornish squid; and summer salad of poached lobster. Looking at the mains, stand-out dishes such as roasted rack of Cumbrian lamb; chorizo-filled rabbit leg; seared red gurnard; or Dover sole make for rich, filling meals of guaranteed excellence. Refreshing desserts abound with fruity and chocolaty options such as apricot souffle; lemon verbena pannacotta with strawberries; or caramel chocolate mousse with milk ice-cream and roasted hazelnuts.
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Opening times: Monday - Friday: 12:30 - 14:30 & Monday - Saturday: 17:30 - 22:30
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus (Bakerloo Line), Regents Park (Bakerloo Line)