Bronte — London, UK
Despite its landmark status, Trafalgar Square and its surrounding echelons inspire few Londoners as a dining destination. The arrival of Bronte on The Strand, however, signals a positive change.
The multi-room restaurant is divided into two dining areas, the Pantry (offering breakfast), and the abundantly green Conservatory, with each space home to a distinct personality. Looking to the Strand’s history, designer Tom Dixon took inspiration from the thoroughfare’s prominence as a mecca for collectors in the early 19th century. As such, Bronte is filled with found treasures, including sculptures and taxidermy, against a backdrop of Dixon’s signature design flourishes.
The menu, however, features no unexpected turns. With chef Andrew Lassetter leading the way, Antipodean- and Pacific-influenced dishes are designed to sustain diners throughout the day with wholesome riffs on old favourites, from boiled eggs with Marmite and cheddar soldiers, to the nori salted fries that accompany lunch and dinner mains.