For a taste of old-school London, Le Caprice hits the spot.
This classic restaurant, tucked away in the heart of Mayfair, oozes sophistication without being stuffy.
Think Art Deco-style interiors, David Bailey photographs and smartly-dressed waiters brimming with charm.
I hit the restaurant on a Monday night and the place was abuzz, with a bubbling of chatter and jazz piano lifting the mood.
The outside terrace was full, but we were shown to a lovely little table towards the back of the restaurant, with light flooding in through the window.
To set things off, we went for a couple of vodka olive martinis which were perfectly prepared with plump buttery olives bathing in a coupe of cooling elixir.
The menu at Le Caprice features a find spread of meat and seafood dishes, with vegetarian options on offer too.
To start, we decided to go for something a little light with a plate of the Dressed Dorset crab, infused with apple blossom, celeriac and dill to share. A portion of asparagus also caught our eye.
In the meantime we grazed on delicious cuts of fresh-baked bread spread with hunks of creamy butter making for a heavenly mix.
The service was swift and the starters arrived.
The flavours were delicate and summery and the portion was perfect for splitting. Although I noticed we both scrambled with our forks slightly for last piece of tasty crab.
When it came to mains, I asked about the duck and watermelon salad and the waiter informed me it was one of the classic dishes and has been on the menu since Le Caprice opened more than 35 years ago.
Won over by his enthusiasm, I settled for the duck while my companion plumped for the cumin spiced lamb rump with red onion chutney.
For mains, we sipped on a bottle of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Good Ordinary Claret 2015, which fit the bill perfectly.
The meaty main courses also satisfied and our plates we wiped clean.
Looking for a sweet note to finish things on, we opted for a warm chocolate mousse with salted caramel pretzel ice cream, topped with a side of sorbet and seasonal fruits.
The salted pretzel ice cream was absolutely divine, and its crunchy, creamy texture was a perfect accompaniment to the dark chocolate base.
Our evening at Le Caprice had been pretty much perfect.
Although being such a sunny day, a spot on the terrace would have been a score.
We waltzed out of the restaurant with the piano playing and diners still dining.
I’d certainly been seduced by this place’s timeless charm.
Le Caprice is located at 20 Arlington St, St. James’s, London SW1A 1RJ, UK
To book a table visit lecaprice.capricebookings.com or call 020 7629 2239