To Olympic or not to Olympic, is that the question? Dining in London this week there are a number of short and tasty choices that need to be made. Does one avoid the morass and stay safely tucked away far into the depths of the crisp coziness of West London, and it’s nirvana of class and culinary delights? Take GRANGER & CO. (175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB). You can get into the international flavor of things at this Aussie-owned restaurant that seems to be the hip Notting Hill hang out at the moment for all the pretty fashion girls. It’s the simple and sharp Australian fun set in a bright and airy dining room where plates of deliciousness from the classic modern menu are served. They don’t take bookings and at the weekend the queue snakes down the street. The LEON MAX store (229 Westbourne Grove, W11) is conveniently just a hop, skip and a jump away. If the Olympic Park has turned out to be your thing no doubt it was all about troughing your way through a supersize Big Mac meal in the hope of bumping into Ryan Lochte in the 600 seater McDonalds. If that doesn’t sound appealing in the West End is to be found the cool restaurant of the moment; LA BODEGA NEGRA, (16 Moor Street W1D 5NH) just a short cab ride away from the the kowabunga cheerleading fun being had by the Beach Volleyball viewers at Horse Guards Parade. It’s hidden behind the faux-front of an adult video shop in Soho. On entering you are promptly whisked past the black doors and two sets of clipboard girls and into London’s answer to the hip New York hang out LA ESQUINA. Le-tout Londres can be spotted here, skinny blondes in black sheaths and sparkly party numbers downing frozen margaritas amongst the rough plaster and tiling. It’s all quite Kate Moss and Chloe Sevigny, really. Olympian fun.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen