Oxtail, snails, romanesco, Alyn Williams at The Westbury

Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair, lunch

Menu from lunch at the one Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, London:

Oxtail with snails, romanesco, lettuce and jus

Gurnard with chanterelles, carrots and micro-herbs

Bread pudding with apple, brown sugar andricotta

Alyn Williams at The Westbury has perhaps one of the best value for money set lunches in London. It’s not the cheapest but they’ve put a lot of effort into each of the dishes on the menu.

Oxtails and snails for example, though relatively inexpensive ingredients, can be quite time consuming to process. Added to that is the impressive selection of garnishes thrown in. Of course, it’s not all for show – the flavours work, too.

The portions are quite small though but if you’re after a light lunch, it could be just the thing.

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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