It may say Parliament Square on the door, but it’s Steve Groves’ cooking that really gives this restaurant its sense of place
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This elegant London establishment is arguably one of Westminster’s most exclusive, enticing restaurants. A popular destination for high-powered business people, politicians and socialites, Roux at Parliament Square opened in 2010 and is the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr, who has also been at the helm of the world-famous Le Gavroche in Mayfair since 1991.
Set in a listed building designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of London’s iconic Natural History Museum, Roux at Parliament Square combines period features with modern furnishings to create a contemporary, luxurious dining room. The ornate design and rich colour palette, complete with detailed architectural drawings of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, instils the space with an air of sophistication and prestige.
It’s a restaurant that shows great attention to detail, and never is that more apparent than in the food. Steve Groves joined Roux at Parliament Square as senior sous chef when it opened, having impressed Roux during his time on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2009 – which he won, no less – and has been head chef since 2013.
His food combines a classical style with a modern approach, with Groves drawing inspiration from everything around him, be it a fantastic ingredient, a piece of artwork, or a childhood memory.
À la carte and tasting menus are available, with dishes at the time of writing including tuna with pickled carrots and avocado; Cumbrian grass-fed veal with oxtail and soubise; and lemon posset with elderflower and lime sorbet. MPs have never had it so good.