Leopold's of London
They say it’s impossible to be all things to all people, but Leopold’s of London, on The Beach at JBR, gives it a good shot. The chain restaurant is a new breed of café/brasserie/restaurant, with a different vibe depending on what time of day you visit.
Early risers can grab breakfast and coffee on the terrace while watching the sun rise on the beach, but by evening, there’s a full restaurant menu featuring the likes of steak and pizza. The outdoor space overlooking the sea is its highlight, but those who choose to sit inside will still get the holiday atmosphere thanks to the huge open doors. The place is kitted out with industrial style interiors and exposed fittings, giving it a masculine edge.
The menu is an assortment of east and west, with Italian, English and French dishes, and a few Arabic favourites thrown in. There’s antipasti, smoked salmon, and Tunisian spiced chicken and corn meat balls. The main event brings plenty of choice, with the usual suspects like fish and chips, penne pasta and lasagne. Finishing off a starter and a main is a almighty task, given the size of each portion, but it’s well worth leaving room for dessert.
Annoyingly, it’s almost too hot to sit outside for a large meal. Our tip would be to get a table inside and move to the terrace for a mocktail.
Three dishes to try:
Shaved beef bresola with fresh mozzarella is a fresh starter to kick off the meal. Served with garlic aioli and chilli mayonnaise, it’s one of the lighter options.
Ok, if you like cheese, this is the ultimate dish. Forget mince, this is made with braised beef short rib which crumbles under your fork. The best part? The Comte cheese covering the top.
Served in a coffee cup and topped with spun sugar, this crème brûlée is a bit special. Served with biscuits and a berry compote, it’s made for those with a serious sweet tooth.