26. Frog by Adam Handling

Covent Garden, London

Scottish chef Adam Handling’s flagship restaurant has made an impact with its elegant dishes

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You certainly can’t fault the ambition of Adam Handling. The Scottish chef trained at the famous Gleneagles hotel, made it to the finals of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2013 and oversees a group of venues that includes a highly sustainable Cornish cafe and a pub and restaurant with rooms in Berkshire.

Frog by Adam Handling is his flagship site and despite being a stone’s throw from Covent Garden’s busy central square, is anything but a tourist trap. The aim here is for fine dining without a stuffy atmosphere, and the Frog’s dining room has a stripped back, but still luxurious feel.

Handling’s menu is focused on creative British dishes with international influences, and presentation ranges from elegant to more theatrical. A la carte and tasting menus are available with the option of two wine pairings but your eyes should also be drawn to the snacks section of the menu, which is home to some of Handling’s most iconic and devilishly delicious culinary creations, including his cheese doughnuts; and waffles and caviar. For those who can’t decide, for £25 per person you can order a tasting snacks selection.

The downstairs Eve Bar is a darkened drinking den serving up a drinks menu of hugely creative cocktails that befit The Frog’s close attention to detail in everything it does.

34-35 Southampton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7HG

020 7199 8370

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