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This feels like a hidden gem, an enclave in which only good things happen.
The blood orange sorbet, a carnival of zesty tartness, is one of the best puds in town. Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN, Tucked into a little side street in Bloomsbury (surely London's most romantic neighbourhood, with all that historic bohemia), as the name suggests, this restaurant is a terrace.
And from September 12 - 25 they are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival (a Chinese time for thanksgiving) with a special tasting menu, £65 per person.
The menu, a curious mix of Welsh and Spanish (think charcuterie boards made with Wales-bred pigs) is what you'd expect from a room with vaulting, curled staircases: beautifully presented and confidently opulent.
Good food, low lights and subtly - not overpoweringly - romantic The factors that make a good date restaurant: reliably good food and drink. A feeling that you've made a bit of an effort without going over the top. Make sure you have the King crab ravioli with sage butter, rich primrose-yellow parcels that glisten with herb-scented oil, and the gremolata-crusted lamb cutlets, specked with lemon zest.
Not so much noise you can hear what your date is saying. And then the potential for decent places nearby to go on to if the mood takes you. Dinner here is a like a mini-holiday, a moment of relaxed refinement that comes with a stellar wine list. The Balcon London, 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG, As grand an interior as The Wolesley but far more intimate, The Balcon lounges invitingly on the corner of the Sofitel Hotel in St James, all art deco swirls and elegance by the silver champagne bucketful.
Cuttlefish, fried with beacon red chilli, chicken served on aubergine glistening with golden batter. May Fair Kitchen, The May Fair Hotel, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT, uk The newly-refurbed May Fair Kitchen is a sunny delight full of Mediterranean goodness: sharing plates that are made for dates.
Huge meaty slabs of octopus, slick in a sour sauce, an umami crunch from a bed of wafer thin celery.
(Side note: always listen to what your date is saying. It's smart and chic, making it feel like an event, like a place Carrie and Samantha would go if they lived in London right now, but the staff are so friendly it doesn't read as over the top. Hutong, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1, the-shard.com/hutong Halfway up The Shard, stretching expansively across the 33rd floor, is upscale Chinese restaurant Hutong. This is event dining at its best - impossible not to fall for the person sat opposite you, framed by the skyline below. There's a rustic charm to the decor and the menu reads like one you might find down a quiet street in San Sebastian, but don't let that fool you - this is high end, high quality food and service, offered in a refreshingly friendly way.