Joel Robuchon is world-famous: the high priest of Foie Gras, the master of truffles, the star winner of Michelin. He has earned himself two stars already for his artworks, which are even eatable. Not at all intending to rest on his laurels, he has now opened an atelier in London following those in Paris, New York and Tokyo. The culinary workshop is a true stage, enthusing the audience with a show-kitchen of secret recipes before - abracadabra - the rabbit lands on your plate. In the form of a terrine, that is, and the onlooker wonders how the heck he has managed to do that. The menu reads like a what-is-what of elite cuisine, enchanting gourmets with combinations they have never seen before. This, after all, has made the chef famous. This and the interior of his restaurant, a blend of sophisticated black and noble red, especially appreciated by Covent Garden visitors. And they are sure to be applauding!
For your orientation: Samarkand is located to the right of the Caspian Sea, to the left of China and right in the middle of the Silk Road. The surroundings of the city are teeming with "stans", namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan - and Uzbekistan, the country to which the city of Samarkand belongs. If you are looking for the right "end" in London, you should in any case pop in the brand-new Samarqand, the branch of a recently opened Russian restaurant chain highly acclaimed by critics. Why? Because it is different: not quite Chinese and noodles, not quite Russian and heavy, but somewhere in between, on the Silk Road to be exact. If you are hungry and not keen on experiments, rely on the old friends: There is lamb and Borscht - you can't do anything wrong with it. And if you still haven't found the right pasta, we recommend ravioli - same name for it from Europe to Korea and same taste, too. Uzbekistan calls them Samsa and at the Samarqand Samsa is served with mint, lamb and tsatsiki. Just one more word to how the restaurant works: Business is up front, Karaoke in the backroom. If you combine both, you have earned yourself a water pipe in the lounge.
The English love their gardens. No wonder because there's little effort and garden hoses are unnecessary. The result is the most beautiful uncontrolled growth no matter what comes out from the ground. The Rooftop Gardens, a fantastic example of English Garden design, is not only home to narcissuses, crocuses and lavender but also to a few ducks, fish as well as Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks. The four flamingos have always been there, they are life-time VIPs causing the envy of the few visitors. It's not easy to see the gardens as they are used for private functions most of the time. But if you are lucky and no celeb is throwing his birthday party in paradise at the moment, you can go inside - just call! But there is a simpler way as well: Have lunch or dinner at Babylon which offers a view of the gardens. It's even better, to be true, as apart from the fantastic vista you also get the best modern-day British cuisine. The interior designer could have spared his efforts because what you can see outside would be more than enough. However, he was ambitious enough to compete with nature and created an interior equivalent with patterned wallpapers, natural materials and green chairs inside.