Of all of life’s better decisions, surely one of the more enjoyable is that of choosing a celebratory dinner venue.
Well, it would be if we didn’t get so stressed about it. That’s the irony, isn’t it. Particularly with a sense of occasion, the anticipation is heightened and deciding on the restaurant can be the difference between a successful celebration and a downright disaster. And all that work can be undone in one fell swoop on the night; there’s a stag party on the next table, the music’s deafening, or inappropriate; they might be so busy the service proves sluggish at best and you end up getting your desserts at ten past midnight on New Years Eve – it’s happened. Get it right and you’re the envy of the assembled company, the one with impeccable taste and flawless judgment. Get it wrong and it’s your fault entirely everyone had such a terrible time.
What’s more, dining out there’s always something lacking; the level of intimacy, that personal touch. You’re sharing the occasion with dozens of others in the same room. Ideally, you need the excitement of going out but with the intimacy of entertaining at home. Well, there’s a very straight-forward solution to maximising your odds of ensuring that perfect night; book the entire place. No, really. Read on. Even better if you can get the catering done by the chef of, say, J Sheekey. Or Caprice. Or…ooh, the Ivy.
The chef at the Ivy? Catering for my friend’s birthday dinner? At a venue just for us? Have you lost your mind, Larry? Why, no. For I did just that not long ago. Allow me to introduce you to The Chef’s Table at the Mount Street Deli.
In dining terms, a hands-on attentive service, closest to the kitchen, made the chef’s table the definitive dining experience. At least it was, for those clever chaps of the aforementioned eateries have gone one better; giving over the entire place just to you. Admittedly, it’s not the Ivy – unless you’re one of London’s 72 billionaires – but it’s a close second.
Following on from the hugely successful ‘Table at The Deli’ evenings in 2013, the Chef’s Table at the Mount Street Deli allows you to play host with your choice of Head Chef from The Ivy, Scott’s, J Sheekey or Le Caprice to greet your guests with a glass of champagne and cook a sumptuous 4-course wine-pairing menu from the restaurant’s repertoire. What’s more, the deli’s striking combination of warm oak panelling, vintage French posters, copper fixtures and mellow lighting ensure a cosy and intimate atmosphere with personalised service. All a rather refreshing contrast to the cacophony of a bustling restaurant at maximum capacity.
To have the Chef’s Table is the surely to be the envy of the restaurant; to have the only table in the restaurant and at the hands of the chef, well, I can’t imagine much topping that, can you?
To book or for more information, please email Emily Kingswood | email@example.com | 020 7307 5784. Minimum of 10 / maximum of 12 people. £140 per person (+ 12.5% service charge) with £350 room hire includes Champagne reception followed by 4 course tasting menu with matching wines. 7pm start. 3 weeks notice required for booking.
If dinner may be a step too far, the deli is also available for evening drinks and canapé receptions for up to 25 people.