Aristos, Euro princes, and captains of industry blow the family bank at this old-fashioned bastion of English fine dining on Jermyn Street (the place first opened on the Haymarket as a shellfish stall in 1742). Invariably fresh from a little snooze in their nearby St. James's gentlemen's clubs, male diners are requested to wear long-sleeved shirts and no sportswear or open-toed shoes at this linen-covered clubby time capsule and frightfully snooty ode to all things English. Armigerous signet ring–wearing posh patrons like to take half a dozen Beau Brummell oysters, followed by grilled Dover sole on the bone or fabulous native game in season, such as roast grouse, partridge, or teal. There are antediluvian savories like soft herring roe on toast, plus desserts like sherry trifle or bread-and-butter pudding. The use of mobile phones is prohibited, the wine's weighed heavily toward Bordeaux claret, and service, naturally, would put Jeeves to shame.
May 14, 2014
Recently (late April, 2014), participated in a most enjoyable Wiltons business dinner, made all the more special by the presence of my beloved sister #1. Lovely to return to a place I've dined at with family, friends and business colleagues. (Mostly during my university days and early post-graduation working years.) The Wiltons business evening permitted the viewing of the restaurant's delightfully updated bar venue. Refreshing change (for
me) that seemed well appreciated by others that evening. Dining, couldn't resist starting with one of my long-time favourites, Champagne and oysters. Main selection, a Wiltons version of one of my cherished Singapore Airlines 'Book the Cook' offerings, lobster thermidor. Wonderful. Fine business dinner, made all the more memorable with special sister at the table. Great evening, followed by return to my current London business travel hotel (for now), the Mandarin Oriental. (And the MO remains as refined as ever; my Fodor's profile page review of her still stands. Arriving at the London MO from meetings in Dubai was like returning to extended family; quite the sanctuary. I presently travel to London for meetings every ~ six months and look forward to returning to the MO.) No second visit to Wiltons this particular London business trip, as was obliged to fly to San Francisco Bay Area for ongoing meetings. (And will use the opportunity to praise United Airlines. Remain enormously partial to my primary business travel carrier of Singapore Airlines, but will say had another exemplary UA first class flight for *free* (via miles), via the efforts of one of our wondrous, in-house, Singapore-based business travel booking mavens.) Such a fine London business/family evening; savour your Wiltons dining.