10/11/2012 12:31:00 PM

What Recession? London Meals That Will Break the Bank

Looking at the London restaurant scene there is barely a hint of the recession. Not only is it nearly impossible to secure a reservation at some of the top dining spots but prices have gone through the roof! Don't believe us?

Last week L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden launched a simple plate of bangers and mash for £75. Ok so it is not exactly simple: the sausages are made with pork from pampered Iberico pigs which are fed on a diet of acorns, wild thyme, rosemary and mushrooms. The bangers are then braised in a vintage Bordeaux and served out of their skin on a bed of pureed Desiree potatoes with butter and black truffles.

Today Boisdale, the Scottish restaurant and jazz bar in Pimlico, has given Fish and Chips - another British favourite - a posh makeover. The new dish 'caviar and chips' which will set you back £40 uses 30g of Gourmet House Italian Baerii caviar served with crispy chips.

And to wash it all down? A £100,000 bottle of 1957 Bowmore Scotch whisky. The 54-year-old single malt is currently up for auction at Bonhams with all the proceeds going to charity.

Start saving your pennies.


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