Boisdale's of Belgravia is Scotland's unofficial embassy in London and home-from-home for 'homesick Scots and curious Sassenachs'. The American-born president has Scottish ancestry (as well as Scottish golf courses), as his mother was born in the village of Tong, on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis. Boisdale's is actually named after the remote port on the isle of South Uist also in the Outer Hebrides, off the northwest coast of Scotland with the proprietor, Ranald Macdonald (once described by Tatler as “the most politically incorrect restauranteur in Britain") heir to the Captain and Chief of Clanranald titles. The original (there are now four London locations) is a regular Nigel Farage haunt and trumpeting its Scottish heritage boosts excellent steaks “cooked exactly as requested" - ideal as Trump likes his steak well done and allegedly slathered in ketchup - we would suggest their Bloody Mary sauce as a fitting alternative.
If Trump is feeling more patriotic (and still wanting his steak well done) then perhaps the London outpost of Smith & Wollensky, "America's favourite steakhouse" is more fitting. Selected randomly from a list of surnames in a telephone directory, the Smith & Wollensky brand was created in 1977 and the first restaurant opened that same year in New York and now swaggers in mainstay locations around the US. Their first restaurant outside of the US is located in the landmark Adelphi Building. Their steaks are USDA Prime, dry-aged and butchered on-site, making them the only steakhouse in London which offers a cut of meat that combines all three. We would recommend tucking into their succulent 680g Bone-In Rib-Eye and 595g Kansas City Cut Bone-In Sirloin served up with their own in-house steak sauces.
Alternatively for something regal and uniquely British, is Wiltons. Taking its first incarnation as a stall selling oysters, shrimps and cockles in 1742, it could be argued that Wiltons is the oldest restaurant in London. Founded by George William Wilton, it soon grew to become a fishmonger shop in 1805 with a sit-in oyster room near Trafalgar Square. However it wasn’t until 1840 that the first Wiltons seafood restaurant opened in St James’ Ryder Street. It has been in Jermyn Street since 1984. Wiltons has consistently enjoyed a reputation as the epitome of fine British dining in London and synonymous for the immaculately prepared finest oysters, wild fish and game. The first Royal Warrant was received in 1884 as Purveyor of Oysters to Queen Victoria, and a second as Purveyors to the Prince of Wales. An ideal place to 'hold court'.
If Trump is looking to wing it (who can forget when Trump once posted an image on Twitter of him tucking into a bucket of KFC), for some finger-lickin' goodness then he should head to our favourite gentri-fried hangout - Duck & Waffle. The restaurant is located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate in the City of London (there is also a 'local' branch in Mayfair) and as it's trump card - it's open all day (and night) with commanding (well, he is the Commander in Chief) views across London and the City's notable landmarks. Inspired by broad European and British influences the menu features succulent fried chicken paired with Belgian waffles. Interestingly - this staple of the American South is said to have been introduced to the United States by Scottish immigrants! We would also suggest Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster, which comes straight from the streets of Harlem to Shoreditch - but became internationally famous because former President Barack Obama was a huge fan.
Jean-Georges, the signature restaurant of Trump International Hotel & Tower, bears the name of its award-winning chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten - who has brought his signature cuisine to London, at The Connaught hotel. The Alsatian chef’s (and Trump tenant) latest concept features his signature farm-to-table cuisine and dishes from his popular ABC Kitchen in New York alongside reimagined versions of British classics. The menu also includes a selection of pizzas to-go with toppings including black truffle and fontina. Trump's love of pizza has been fairly well documented over the years.
If Trump is still after some Korean fodder then perhaps the restaurant by Ramsey alumnus and Iron Chef Judy Joo would be perfect match. Jinjuu is situated in Soho, Jinjuu, meaning ‘pearl’, aims to showcase traditional and vibrant Korean street food at its best, serving up Kimchi Fries, their signature Korean fried chicken and large sharing plates. The ground floor offers a more casual, bustling dining experience while the lower ground has an open kitchen which is ideal to enjoy a more sophisticated dinner.
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