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“An interesting menu with hints to the orient” is a feature of the fish and seafood cooking in this “splendid” dining room, known in decades past as The Savoy’s River Restaurant. Fans applaud its “breathtaking style and good cuisine” – including sushi, ceviche and laksa – but critics feel “they’ve ruined one of London’s best rooms with poor quality, pub-like food” – “forgivable in a high-street restaurant, but not at The Savoy!”
Critics decry a “characterless” space and “unspectacular” cooking at the Savoy’s former River Restaurant; on balance, though, most reporters approve of its “OTT” Deco décor and say the food is “excellent, if pricey”. Top Tip – “good value pre-theatre menu”.
Critics may say it “lacks imagination”, but the Savoy’s former River Restaurant wins a solid thumbs-up from reporters for its “very acceptable” fish and fruits de mer, and “lovely” setting (especially if you get one of the few window tables); “excellent” breakfast too.
“Better than the reviews have generally suggested”, this seafood-led relaunch of the former River Restaurant has pleased most early-days reporters, even if the décor is “a bit TOWIE” for some tastes.
THE SAVOY’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL RESTAURANT
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill takes London’s diners back to the heyday of the jazz age. Art Deco finishes of mirror and cut-glass fashion a restaurant full of elegance and light. Kaspar’s decadent and stunningly designed oyster bar takes centre stage.
Prior to dinner, enjoy a cocktail, a selection of shellfish or a plate of smoked and cured fish at this dazzling central bar. After a drink, take to a table in the restaurant and enjoy an all-day dining menu with lashings of Twenties panache. Sit back and soak up the vibe of The Savoy’s most exciting restaurant concept since Kaspar first decided to reside.
Kaspars Restaurant design details
Kaspar’s is the show stopping central London restaurant where informal dining becomes theatre. All Kaspar’s dishes are plated and presented with extraordinary style. Slender, tender slices of smoked and cured fish are plated to perfection. Pristine Jersey rock oysters sit on ice at the central seafood bar. An exceptional selection of fresh fish graces the restaurant menu – scallops, lemon sole, salmon and sea bream. Roast spatchcock, lamb cutlets, fillet streaks and classic burgers come straight from the restaurant grill. Stylish twists on classics desserts deliciously round off the dining experience.
‘WHEN I FIRST MET KASPAR I KNEW IMMEDIATELY HE WOULD BE THE SUBJECT OF MY NEXT NOVEL.’ MICHAEL MORPURGO, AUTHOR
The Savoy truly is a London landmark with a special place in British history. Opened in 1889, it was the first British hotel to make use of electric lights and electric lifts. The Savoy has since played host to royalty, world leaders and legends of the stage and screen – Edward VII, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe and Noël Coward to name but a few.
For almost 90 years The Savoy has offered dining parties of thirteen the company of Kaspar the Cat. Now Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill – The Savoy’s glamorous re-imagining of the River Restaurant – is a place for the Prince of Cats to play host.
Kaspar’s story begins in 1898, when South African diamond magnate Woolf Joel suddenly died. Just before his death, Joel hosted a dinner at The Savoy for fourteen guests. At the last minute one of them cancelled. Joel decided the dinner should go ahead, but a more superstitious guest declared death would befall the first person to leave the table. Woolf Joel defiantly decided to take the gamble himself. Weeks later he was shot dead in Johannesburg.
Anxious to avoid a repeat of such ill fate, The Savoy decided to provide an extra guest for every table of thirteen. Initially the hotel had a member of staff sit amongst the diners, but this proved unpopular. Guests felt unable to discuss their private matters freely. Thus, in a stroke of genius, Kaspar was created – sculpted into life by architect Basil Ionides in 1926.
Kaspar is delighted, to this day, to join tables of thirteen – napkin round his neck, a full place-setting before him, ready to enjoy every course he is served.
Kaspar's Seafood and Grill, The Savoy Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A license to pretension. To begin with, we were sat in the back of a near empty restaurant. The sparkling water, which they make themselves, was flat and reluctantly changed. The Ceasar salads were small and so-so. The salmon servings. were OK, but the broccoli was broccollini, and these sides were skimpy. Not worth another try. Subsequently, the manager has called me. I went through everything noted here, and he offered a bottle of champagne, should we return. I am not sure that we will return."
"I love Kaspars, the emphasis is on fish with a strong hint of the orient.Excellent service & lovely surroundngs."
"As there were 16 of us, we booked the private dining area for my sister's birthday and I have to say I was really looking forward to going back after a long absence. Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed with the level of service. Only one waiter, (despite my making an explicit request to speed things up & have another waiter/waitress), to take food orders and drinks and all by hand - not one piece of technology to help speed things up! Needless to say this was a time consuming exercise that tested even the most patient of diner. By the time the food arrived everyone was a little fed up of the wait!"
"We really like this restaurant for pre or post theatre. Excellent professional service and very good food."
"I love kaspars, good service & good food- it never disappoints."
"Kaspar's won't put 'Baby in a corner' but they WILL put black people into a corner though..... On October I booked a table for 5:45 PM on November 5 at Kaspar's for my mother's birthday using the OpenTable website but because I feared that my mother and I may run a bit late I called Kaspar's to let them know we were running late. And although we ran late by only five minutes and Kaspar's wasn't 'packed' at all they still sat us by this corner by the window facing the Thames where were sitting next to an older mixed race Irish lady talking with a younger white lady. A short while after they'd both left a nice looking, middle-aged black couple who sounded like they may have been from Trinidad were seated in the table next to my mother and I when I paid our bill. And the look on the face of the lady from that couple when she saw us both it was as if she'd seen a grenade go off across the street somewhere. But it was because it was all so obvious and she knew as well so she could also see what they were doing. The service to our table was quite good and the food tasted great even though the lobsters from their grill that my mother and I had were quite small but when they're there so obviously trying to stick all black patrons in a corner in an iconic London hotel's restaurant when it's almost 2017 all that service and food damn well BETTER be great and taste great. When there is no special discount given towards the price for tables in the back in corners past a large column then I don't see why certain people need to be sitting in one. Several years ago, I took my mother to the restaurant at the Claridges hotel near New Bond Street for her birthday and they didn't stick us in an out of sight place; their staff even even played 'Happy Birthday To You' on the piano, sang it openly and gave my mother a mini birthday cake even before all the courses came. Patronise the Claridges restaurant. An establishment that doesn't act like London in 1969 back during a time when Elvis Presley was still clinging to life."