Market Table at Cookbook Cafe, InterContinental London Park Lane

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Market table – seasonal produce

The market table at the Cookbook Cafe is the kind of table I’d love to have in my own kitchen. A huge, solid wood table laden with the most tempting variety of seasonal foods: salads, antipasti, cheeses, fresh bread, and fish and seafood.

This is an ‘unlimited buffet’ with a difference.

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Fish, meat, cheese, salads + more on the market table (cake table in background)

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A first plate from the market table: mostly seafood and fish

Not only is there a great selection of seasonal foods but – my favourite – there’s a Japanese table:

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Choose from fresh sushi / sashimi

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…and a second plate of succulent salmon and tuna sashimi with wasabi + ginger

If you’re a desserts fan, there’s an appealing selection of ornate cakes. The only difficulty is deciding what to try! BK and I shared a couple of tiny nutty cakes (just for the sake of completeness), as – preferring savoury foods – we wanted to explore the cheese board. And, by this point, it was time to prioritise. Or burst.

The ‘market lunch table’ (helping yourself to whatever you like) is £18 and includes a tea or coffee. Wines start from around £30 a bottle (we had a bottle of Hugel Gentil Alsace white wine with the first courses of fish @ £28 and a Chakana Malbec @ £29 afterwards with the cheeses).

If you’ve got time to have a leisurely lunch and are in the Hyde Park / Piccadilly area, this is an idyllic way to spend a leisurely lunch but do allow a couple of hours. The market lunch table is served between 12 and 3:30pm.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: British, Japanese, international
~ Address: InterContinental London Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London
~ Postcode: W1J 3QY
~ Nearest tube station: Hyde Park Corner
~ Websites: Cookbook Cafe website
~ Menu + online reservation: Market Table menu etc
~ Offers:tastecard
~ Location: Cookbook Cafe map

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