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Island Grill at The Royal Lancaster London: A Review

After a recent multi million pound refurbishment a trip to the Royal Lancaster London was definitely on the cards. And as luck would have it an invite popped through my email box for a bloggers lunch at the Island Grill, one of the restaurants at this luxury Hyde Park hotel.

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Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant

Just minutes from Lancaster Gate station, overlooking Hyde Park through floor to ceiling windows, the light airy space is a great spot for London views. Island Grill’s menu serves modern, locally sourced British dishes with a focus on sustainability. Awarded 2 AA Rosettes and a Sustainable Restaurant Award 2015, you’re guaranteed the use of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.

Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant
Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant | fresh sourdough bread

The meal began with bubbles as we all perused the menu for a fair while. We started with freshly baked sourdough bread, it’s always a good sign when it arrives warm.

Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant | crisp pork puff

For starters on the table we had crisp pork puff with barbequed apple sauce. More like air-popped pork scratchings, which were still popping as they arrived on the table.

Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant | chilli and garlic scallops

There were a dozen pretty looking  chilli and garlic scallops and I went for wild mushroom on toast served with apple balsamic, and wild garlic with a poached egg crowning a slice of toasted sourdough.

Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant | wild mushroom on toast

A restaurant which labels itself a grill usually means slim pickings for a vegetarian. Not at Island Grill, there is such a great selection nearly everyone on the table gave in to their herbivore tendencies. It pleased me greatly, as I awaited patiently with my empty fork to dive into each dish.

Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant | quinoa and wild mushroom

We ordered the quinoa and wild mushroom parcels served in a mushroom broth with braised fennel; a colourful plate of crisp polenta with heritage tomato chutney and crisp sage and roasted cauliflower steak with caper and raisin dressing topped with a pinenut salad.

Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant | chicken with mushroom and rosemary

To remind ourselves that we were actually at a grill there was also a grilled free-range chicken seasoned with mushroom and rosemary.

Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant | vegan chocolate and ginger sponge

The table decided to end with a farmhouse cheese selection, but I couldn’t resist ordering the vegan chocolate and ginger sponge. Moist, fluffy and beautifully spiced, hard to believe that it was actually vegan!

In an area saturated with mediocre, overpriced restaurants, Island Grill is a pleasant surprise. Fresh sustainable and eco-friendly food, at affordable prices. And veggies: don’t be put off by it being a grill. You have options…YAY!

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Island Grill | Lancaster Terrace | London | W2 2TY | Website

Disclaimer: I was a guest Island Grill and received a complimentary meal, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.

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Royal Lancaster London | Island Grill restaurant review

2 Comments

  • Angie SilverSpoon 20th May 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Such a lovely lunch!

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