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Cookbook Cafe at the InterContinental London Park Lane, is designed as a venue for aspiring chefs and sommeliers. It is a place where guests can experience wine and food tastings, book launches, drinks master classes, cooking demonstrations and roundtable discussions with renowned visiting chefs.

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MON

06:30 - 10:30, 12:00 - 15:30, 00:00 - 00:00

TUE

06:30 - 10:30, 12:00 - 15:30, 00:00 - 00:00

WED

06:30 - 10:30, 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 22:30

THU

06:30 - 10:30, 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 22:30

FRI

06:30 - 10:30, 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 22:30

SAT

06:30 - 11:00, 12:30 - 15:30

SUN

06:30 - 11:00, 12:30 - 15:30

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By Romy G.

I went a couple of weeks ago on my birthday for the Sunday brunch. Looking at the name I thought it would have more of a cafe atmosphere, so I was a bit disappointed that it just looked like an ordinary hotel restaurant. There were cook books, but not really for reading more for decoration. The wooden table (which looked really nice and I expected all tables to look like that) with the food selection looked great and I was happy with the speed of my eggs and pancake at the life food counter.Overall the food was very good and it is good value for money if you also keep drinking the Bellini's, although there could have been more bread selection or rolls as it was brunch.


By Paulynne F.

I ate here last August (2010) and I have to say was very impressed with the food and service here. The restaurant was reasonably busy on the week night I visited and the staff were happy to accommodate even though I had not made a reservation. The food was fresh and cooked to perfection from the starters through to the main courses. The waiters were happy to make recommendations from seasonal menu which we also found helpful. Would definitely eat here again and thoroughly recommend it.


By Kelly H.

Cookbook Cafe suffers from the lofty expectations that come from being located in a five star hotel. Although it has a lot of excellent qualities, consistency is lacking.

The Venue
The Cookbook Cafe is undoubtedly a beautiful venue. Large windows overlooking Hyde Park Corner flood the space with light during the day and create a dramatic atmosphere in the evening as London comes alive in lights. Inside, the decor is muted but immaculate, perfectly suited to a brunch or lunch. Dark wooden tables and black leather sofa seating surround a large serving counter and banquet style tables. It’s very personable and warming despite the neutral cream decor. Dim spotlighting creates an ambience in the evening and quirky touches include lined paper instead of placemats and a wooden spoon themed series of artwork on the walls. It’s all perfectly put together and doesn’t suffer that contrived undertone so often observed in 5 star hotels.

The Atmosphere
In the day, especially for their brunches, Cookbook Cafe comes alive with activities for children, which is well received as families make the most of the perfect location. In the evening the atmosphere is more muted, suffering from its more laid back appeal as the hotel’s other restaurant Theo Randall thrives. Still, the staff are extremely friendly and well versed in etiquette - as you’d expect from such an establishment - and the service is far from intimidating.

The Food
The British menu is varied, well put together and it’s hard to choose between the delicious sounding dishes. Brunch is also highly recommended with all inclusive prices for a huge selection of dishes. Unfortunately, consistency seems to be an issue and although this is the casual restaurant in the hotel the prices are still in the £15 - £26 range for a main course.

A starter of pan-fried Cornish lobster cakes with wilted greens, mango basil salsa and Japanese chilli dip (£12) is a delight. The lobster is fresh and flavoursome with a delightful fishy undertone that's complemented by the sweet mango basil salsa and heat from the Japanese chilli dip. Unfortunately, the monkfish cheeks with thyme marinated English tomatoes, lobster and sweet onion salsa (£12) is a disappointment in comparison. Overseasoned to the point of being dreadfully salty, the perfectly cooked, fleshy monkfish is overpowered and the sweet onion salsa is lost. It’s a shame as the dish is actually beautifully presented and well cooked.

For mains, the Mediterranean farm raised sea bass, Brixham squid and crab with biriyani rice, lemon grass, lime leaf and peanut sauce (£23) is delicious. The sea bass is meaty with a perfectly crisped skin and the squid rings are delicate, well seasoned and complement the fish well. The rice is fluffy and light with a delightful undertone of lemon grass and the peanut sauce adds a perfect sweetness to the dish. Unfortunately, the grain fed Wiltshire sirloin steak, tarragon, bearnaise sauce, hand cut chunky chips and green beans (£26) doesn’t fare so well. Although the creamy bearnaise sauce is rich, the chips are crisp and fluffy and the buttered green beans are crunchy, the steak is tough. Whilst cooked to specification, a medium rare steak that’s closer to medium is chewy and unappetising - surprising, to say the least.

Finally, desserts again suffer from a lack of consistency. The vanilla bean cheesecake (£6.50) is dry, lacks in flavour and is a very poor example of the dessert whilst the Weald of Kent strawberry creme brulee is rich and creamy with a sweetness that’s just the right side of sickly.

The Drink
The wine list at Cookbook Cafe is well put together and very reasonably priced given the quality of the selection. Recommended for red meat dishes, the Terres de Truffes Terraventoux, Syrah Grenach 2008 is an exquisite red wine with a spicy fruit flavour and smooth finish. If you’re not sure what to order then the knowledgeable staff are more than well equipped to help you match your choice to your food.

The Last Word
When it’s good it’s very, very good, when it’s bad it’s, well, okay. Certainly not a bad restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, with a few tweaks to some of the dishes this could be worthy of the same 5 stars afforded to the hotel. Do add a star if you’re visiting for brunch, however.


By Jem N.

I’m very sorry to say, it was quite disappointing.

We were very impressed with the restaurant on entering. Very stylish; if not a little sterile. When it came to service however; things went downhill. The waiter seemed unaware of what was going on and it was very difficult to communicate with him as his English was very limited. Not only that, we actually had a total of four waiters during the course of our meal – very unusual in my experience. I should add at this point, that it was not at all busy that evening, with only a few tables occupied.

Our Entrees did not arrive simultaneously – one being a full ten minutes behind the other! Our wine order was forgotten and we had to ask for it again, only to find the waiter didn’t know what we had ordered. This was when the ‘multi waiter’ act seemed to kick in.

Not once during our meal were we asked how things were - by anyone. Something which was a first for us. The waiter also attempted to fill our daughter's wine glass – she’s a minor!

The food was mediocre at best. The steak was undercooked. Medium-well was requested – rare was received. To be fair, apart from this, it was quite a nice steak.

The “Lobster Risotto” looked sloppy, and seemingly thrown into a bowl with no thought to presentation at all. It was bland, tepid, and the rice was overcooked. The mushrooms accompanying the steak were extremely salty. The fries with my daughter's club sandwich were quite clearly frozen. Sacrilege in a quality restaurant, especially at that price! In fact, some of the fries still were quite literally, icy cold! The only saving grace was the dessert buffet which was “ok”.

We came away from that evening, feeling that The Cookbook seems to focus only on image, and is probably carried along by the prestige of the Hotel in which it is situated. If that same focus went into the service and food, it could be a great place.

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