Review: The LaLee at The Cadogan

By Rebecca Cox

2 years ago

A culinary journey across Europe, and not a travel restriction in sight

The thing we miss most about European city breaks? Long leisurely lunches and relaxed dinners in a favourite café or chic bistro serving regional classics and hearty comfort food alongside a glass of local wine. But in light of current travel restrictions, your next European micro-break is just a dinner reservation away, thanks to the latest offering from The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel. The LaLee offers an all-day menu inspired by the voyages of one of its legendary past residents – actress and socialite, Lillie Langtry, bringing a taste of the continent to Sloane Street.

The LaLee Review

The perfect spot for a rest after a busy day browsing Knightsbridge’s famous shops, The LaLee’s luxurious carriage-inspired interiors make the ideal setting for a relaxed meal under sparkling chandeliers. Choose a seat by the fireplace on plush leather seating or on the open-air terrace for an al-fresco bite to really get in the holiday mood.

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The brand-new all-day menu is curated by Executive Chef Chris Hill, and offers familiar and favourite European dishes inspired by quality, local ingredients. Choose from the Lobster Bisque, Croque Madame or Monsieur, or Omelette Arnold Bennett for a superior brunch bite. For a decadent lunch or dinner, start with a signature LaLee cocktail and enjoy the Lobster Cocktail or the expertly executed cheese soufflé. For the ultimate in winter comfort food, opt for the hearty Aubergine Parmigiana main, the perfect dish for sharing with a selection of sides, or keep it simple with Filet Steak and Frites. Dessert is a must, with the light but flavourful cheesecake a real masterpiece, or the rich Cafe Gourmand Tiramisu a triumph.

Over 80 wines on the menu are served by the glass, ‘just as Langtry would have served them to guests in her dining room’. Opt for the bespoke ‘Reserved for The Cadogan’ sparkling, created exclusively for the hotel by Rathfinny Wine Estate in Sussex or allow the knowledgeable team to pick out the perfect match for your menu selections (and offer a mini education in European wines, should you wish to receive it).

Yes, a petit voyage to Paris would be sweet, or a mini break to Milan divine, but until then, a pitstop at The LaLee is just what the doctor ordered.



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