London in Bloom: The Best Chelsea Flower Show Menus for 2018
Floral fever has hit the capital once again, with the renowned Chelsea Flower Show opening on Tuesday 22 May until Saturday 26 May. Each year London embraces the flower power – with restaurants leading the way with floral themed menus and flower cocktails.
Here are a few of the best limited edition menus and offerings available in London for the Chelsea Flower Show 2018.
Floral Feast at Sumosan Twiga
Sumosan Twiga, one of the most glamorous restaurants in Kensington and Chelsea, will be partaking in Chelsea in Bloom for the first time this year. The Japanese and Italian hotspot has launched an exclusive collection of botanical specials, which will be available from 21 May. Dishes include the ‘Zen Garden’, a showcase plate inspired by the classical Zen gardens of ancient Kyoto. Harumuki cones brimming with salmon, hamachi and tuna tartar sit upon a bed of crispy quinoa and are adorned with exotic edible flowers. Sumosan Twiga will also be offering a bespoke cocktail, the Sumosan Garden, blended with Tanqueray Gin, Tio Pepe, cucumber, lemon and sugar.
Sumosan Twiga is open for dinner from 6.30pm-2am 165 Sloane Street, Chelsea.
Bloomin’ Brilliant Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster London
With Hyde Park’s Rose Gardens in full bloom, Royal Lancaster London is following suit with the ‘Bloomin’ Brilliant Afternoon Tea’. Available throughout May and June, the flora inspired afternoon tea featured a beautifully botanical selection of sweets including a freshly-picked Strawberry tart with lime curd and baby basil; Valhrona chocolate flower pots with crystallised violets; and a Lemon and elderflower sable dome. Savoury seedlings include Royal Lancaster home-smoked salmon roses, smoked in a Citrus-Chamomile tea; and Free-range Barradale Farm eggs with wild baby cresses. All floral teas will include a ‘Flowering Tea’ for the table and a packet of bee-friendly seeds to take home. The tea is priced at £35 per person, or £45 with a glass of Champagne.
Available through May and June, served in the Hyde Bar from 2pm-5.30pm. Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater.
Chelsea Flower Show menu at Amaya
Situated in the heart of Belgravia, Amaya offers unique cuisine based on contemporary Indian food with a hint of the Orient. For the Chelsea Flower Show 2018, Amaya will be serving up a selection of dishes including the Goats Cheese and Yogurt Kebab; and Rhubarb Cheesecake, alongside two fantastically floral tipples: the ‘Impending Bloom’ and ‘Violets Crush’, both priced at £12.50.
Available through May and June. Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge.
Alain Ducasse Lunch Flower Menu at The Dorchester
Inspired by the forthcoming RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet at Alain Ducasse has devised a floral ‘Lunch Flower Menu’ for the duration of the event. The menu features playful dishes such as the Blossoming Tartlet; the Hereford Snails with wild mushrooms and parsley butter; and the Lemon Sole fillet with red and yellow beetroot. The arrangements were inspired by spring’s awakening, and the menu culminated with a quintessentially British dessert, the ‘English Rose Garden’, with rose ganache covered in chocolate, filled with fresh strawberries and mint. The lunch menu is priced at £65 for three courses and two glasses of wine.
Available from Tuesday 22 May – Friday 26 May, 12pm – 1.30pm. Park Lane, Mayfair.