This two Michelin-starred counter dining restaurant is probably one of the most intimate in the top 100 list
Husband and wife team chef James Knappett and sommelier Sandia Chang worked in world famous restaurants Noma in Copenhagen and Per Se in New York before returning to London to open this tiny counter dining restaurant in 2012.
Hidden away behind hot dog and champagne bar Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table seats just 20 guests at a time at a horseshoe-shaped bar surrounding the open kitchen. What follows is a fully interactive and theatrical meal, with Knappett and his team preparing and talking through a no-choice 12-course menu (£150 per person without drinks), which focuses on British ingredients and flavours, with touches of European influences.
The menu will usually start with snacks, with past dishes including a lightly smoked quail egg with raw mushrooms, black garlic purée on top of crispy potatoes; and seaweed crackers with whipped cod’s roe, shiitake, pickled dulce and seaweed and shaved scallop roe.
The following courses are described by a single word written on a blackboard (such as ‘crab’, ‘chicken’ or ‘rhubarb’), with elegantly presented dishes plated up in front of guests. Chang has compiled a wine list of more than 100 bins, primarily from smaller and lesser-known producers, to pair with the dishes.
Despite its diminutive size, Kitchen Table has no shortage of accolades: it won its first Michelin star in 2014 followed by a second in 2018.