Cuisine: Modern European (British)
Price Range: £££
LFM Score: 4/5
Bebe Friendly Score: 2/3
Lyles is bang on trend right now in terms of the direction of the London food scene. Fresh, clean flavours with just a few ingredients per dish with heavy influence from Nordic cuisine.
The bright airy room felts informal but sophisticated – you could proudly conduct a business meeting here or invite the in laws. Staff are knowledgeable and courteous.
We tried the monkfish liver in intrepidation (a delicacy in Japan but often discarded in the UK). This was creamy and full of foie gras like richness, especially teamed up with blood oranges. The Dexter steak was perfectly cooked and the chocolate dessert was sublime. Only disappointment was the chargrilled calcot – a mystery exotic spring onion type vegetable from Spain which basically tasted like a giant onion.
In terms of baby friendliness, Lyles is spacious enough for buggies and highchairs are provided. However, our biggest bug bear are that the timings are limited for a family lunch – only open Mon-Fri, so papa (or mama) will have to take a day off work or nip out of the office on a lunch break since they are closed weekend lunchtimes.