Consistently voted one of London’s finest Italian restaurants, Theo Randall at the Intercontinental Hotel enjoys an excellent reputation and is one of the top foodie destinations in the city. Randall opened his own restaurant in 2006 having previously worked at Chez Panisse in California and obtained a Michelin star whilst working at the River Café in London.
I recently popped along for lunch to see what it was like for myself. Theo Randall occupies its own separate dining room in the hotel, which is accessed from the hotel lobby. It’s slick, modern and very glamorous and a very calm, relaxing place to stop for lunch and catch up with friends or colleagues.
The menu offers plenty of choice – so much so that we had difficulty choosing. As we took our seats, we decided to start with a glass of Prosecco whilst we took a look through the menu. Our waitress brought over a generous selection of hot snacks including little fried pieces of courgette to nibble on.
For our starter, we decided to go for two plates to share. We tried the Mozzarella di Bufula, served with marinated artichokes and peppers, and the scallops to share which were hand dived and the most enormous scallops we’ve ever seen, and probably the most delicious we’ve ever tasted.
Next, was the pasta course, which is of course optional, but we decided to give it a go. We went for the Cappelletti di vitello, stuffed pasta, filled with slow cooked veal and pancetta. The pasta is homemade, and a beautiful golden colour owing to the large number of egg yolks used in the pasta dough. The meat was full of flavour and meltingly tender.
We then moved onto our mains. I chose Turbot with capers and swiss chard. The fish was cooked absolutely perfectly and was an exceptionally good dish. My guest tried the fish stew, which she enjoyed very much indeed. The portions were extremely generous and the fish was of the very best quality.
We could not manage a dessert, which was a great shame, as the choice looked wonderful, so we finished we a good cup of coffee.
Theo Randall did not disappoint. Every dish we tried we thought was utterly delicious, extremely well executed, beautifully presented in lovely surroundings. If you try three or four courses, you should expect to pay around £100 per head. We found that there was plenty of choice and every dish we tried was most enjoyable. Theo Randall deserves every bit of its success, and we look forward to returning already.