Food fit for Oscars week: Gourmet Society restaurants that would be fit for the stars.
The Oscars, unlike the Golden Globes, does not serve food to the guests during the ceremony. Instead, the stars complete the ceremony and then head over to an after party at the Governor’s Ball, where an exclusive and interesting menu will be served by the original celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, who has been serving the stars at the Academy Awards for over 21 years.
For food lovers, much of the excitement around the Oscars comes from taking a peek at the lavish menu. This year, there are items featured such as mini burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade, shrimp cocktail, a baked potato with caviar, a white grape and almond gazpacho and his famed Chocolate Buffet containing items like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Caramel Oscar Lollipops, a Macaron Tower, a Vanilla-Raspberry Religieuse and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter “Ring Dings” – to name just a few from the extensive list.
Much of Wolfgang’s charm is his ability to provide haute cuisine fit for the stars, without being pretentious. He manages to creates simplistic dishes like burgers and cookies that are so rich in flavour that they make more of an impact than most gourmet menus do.
To celebrate the Oscars, and the fine food that will be passing the lips of stars including Leonardo Di Caprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hardy, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett this weekend, we’ve had a look through our partner restaurants and found the most exclusive and luxurious places to enjoy a glorious bite to eat – at a discounted price.
Benares – 25% off the total bill
Michelin starred restaurant, Benares, led by Chef Patron Atul Kochhar, is based in the upscale Mayfair neighbourhood of central London. Capturing the spiritual and uplifting essence of its namesake city in Northern India, the restaurant exudes the beauty and vibrancy of the ‘city of lights’ while leaving a lasting impression with its striking contemporary design.
Benares consists of a lounge and a main dining area, which are lavished with hand crafted Indian furniture and complimented by a beautiful pond decorated with fresh flowers, creating a luxurious aesthetic experience.
The Terrace at the Montagu Arms – 25% off the total bill
The Terrace restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel was awarded a Michelin Star in only its first year under the direction of Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson, who had already been responsible for Michelin-starred Oxford establishment The Goose. Having received the prestigious Roux scholarship in 2005, Tomkinson is recognised as one of the most talented chefs working in Britain.
This is a fabulously elegant restaurant, with a dining room marked by regency styling, oak panelling and views through the high bay windows onto the hotel’s sculpted gardens. An opulent dining room that is only proper for the exceptional food.
The Gate – 25% off the total bill
The Gate is the place to see and be seen for a chic, gorgeous, cosmopolitan party crowd. Located in London’s uber-hip Notting Hill, the Gate offers a night of quality dining, chilled lounge atmosphere and all-night dancing.
Notting Hill’s longest running supper club offers delicious Asian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly environment. Share a spread of Dim Sum with a group of friends before hitting the dance floor or settle into the candle-lit restaurant with a good bottle of wine and a three course meal and then move into the secluded lounge bar and work your way through the formidable, yet gorgeous, cocktail list.
The Nut Tree Inn – 2 for 1 on main course
Awarded a Michelin star, two AA rosettes, and announced as The Best Newcomer in the prestigious Caterer and Hotelkeeper awards in 2009, The Nut Tree Inn is one of the nations best restaurants. The Nut Tree Inn pride themselves on their modern British cuisine, using the finest in local seasonal ingredients. They rear their own Dexter cows and Gloucester Old Spot-Tamworth pigs in the picturesque fields behind the thatched property. The Nut Tree Inn was always designed to be a part of the local community, and despite the huge list of awards, the food is still excellent value for money. There is a great selection of real ale to accompany the comprehensive wine list and, unlike so many Michelin starred restaurants, there is a wonderful sense that many locals are enjoying a drink at the bar alongside the tourists who have travelled hundreds of miles to experience their fantastic food.
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