I will be in London for a few days, and have a few things on my list. I am going to the Anchor and Hope with old friends, and perhaps one night will be at Barrafina. Lunches will be Ottolenghi and probably lots of conference catering (eek). But for my night alone, I am looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary. One of my most memorable dinners a year back was at Alinea, with a very very good book and occasional charming conversations with the servers. This is once a year thing for me, so I don't mind splurging (in case Alinea reference wasn't convincing). But I will be dining alone, don't want meatmarkets, places that are bustling, or noisy. I am looking for a 6+ course dinner with a carefully selected wine pairing.
I hate to give my money to Gordon Ramsay for personal reasons (reasons that will probably will result in the deletion of this post) and I would rather not eat French since I come from a Francophone city and feel like I can branch out. So what would be that place for me? Merci!