Chef’s top tables: Gary Durrant

Formerly of The Savoy and Claridge’s, Gary Durrant heads up Hunter 486 at The Arch London, an under-the-radar culinary gem  

 

LE CAP
Cote d’Azur  

Chef Yoric Tièche’s Michelin-starred restaurant is a gem. I greatly admire the Provençal and Mediterranean dishes he produces and the ingredients he uses, some plucked from the hotel’s own garden. This restaurant holds a very special place in my heart, as I love the palatial setting of the hotel it’s in: Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on the Cote d’Azur.  

FAVOURITE DISH:  The shaved summer truffle salad.

 

CORE BY CLARE SMYTH 
London

This restaurant only opened last summer but has already amassed a host of awards, including Clare Smyth being voted the world’s best female chef. I visited just after it opened and found the food delicious, complex, inventive and balanced. A definite must-dine when in London. 

FAVOURITE DISH:  Scottish venison, smoked bacon, and pearl barley.

 

HIX SOHO
London

I stumbled upon this great Soho restaurant a while back, and in the mood for a great cut of meat, I tried the picanha steak with bone marrow. I absolutely loved the dish and have been back since (a couple of times, in fact) to try it out again and again. Full of flavour and robust in texture, this dish is guaranteed to please any steak lover.

FAVOURITE DISH:  Picanha steak with chips and peppercorn sauce.

 

On my wish list…

I’ve yet to eat at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, which has maintained its three Michelin stars for an incredible 17 years. It’s one of only three London restaurants to hold three stars.

 

Come dine with me…  

Being classically trained, I have adopted a lot of haute cuisine influences and applied them to my own love of modern British cuisine. A firm favourite of mine to cook is the fish stew (bouillabaisse). I enjoy creating dishes that reflect a sense of home-cooked, wholesome meals with elements of luxury.