This is a story about how we celebrated Valentine’s Day, after 10 year’s of marriage. It was a beautiful experience at Lucky Cat, by Gordon Ramsay in London, Mayfair. And this is how it all started…
On the morning of Valentine’s Day, I got woken up by the sound of our door bell. I put on a silk robe the mister gifted me on a previous V day, and quickly went to open the door. I saw a young gentleman holding a huuuuge bouquet of red roses and wearing the biggest grin on his face. We exchanged some greetings, then he carefully and gently squeezed the flowers through the front door. He mumbled there must be a 100 them in here! Wow! 100 red roses?!
The mister nonchalantly glided over, grinning smugly and looking proud of himself. He reached for my hand, kissed me on the forehead and we twirled into a dance, reminding me of the routine we did as our first dance. My mind quickly drifted back to our wedding night on the dance floor. That was nine years and 11 months ago!
As I was taking a trip down memory lane, “babe”, he whispered in my ear. “Babe, babe!” the voice got louder, followed by a soft nudge. “Babe, babe!!” the voice got even louder and followed by an even stronger nudge. I woke up to him saying, “you better get ready now or we’ll be late for lunch!”
Haha… But now that I have your attention! I want to share our beautiful Valentine’s Day lunch experience at Lucky Cat. It’s located by Grosvenor Square, just a block away from Selfridges. We always walk pass it and keep seeing their massive red-neon-light “Lucky Cat” letters across the building.
The lights always remind me of those dodgy Chinese restaurants in Chinatown from the 80’s or something. And boy was I wrong!
One day, Alan decided to look them up and it turned out to be one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. He immediately made a reservation. And why not make it for V day?! So that’s how we celebrate Valentine’s Day once you’ve been married for 10 years! haha… All those romantic cliches are experienced through rom-com movies! Living is all about convenience and practicality. 😉
For example, we often walk past a florist with beautiful bouquets on display. I would ask Alan which one is he going to buy for me. He would always point to the biggest and most beautiful one and said, “that one”, which is also the most expensive one, naturally. And I would say, I’d rather take the money! And we’d both laugh. This is our relationship folks – authentically real and joyously stable. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
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But I digress… let’s get back to this cute modern day 1930’s Shanghai Club
As you walk up the stairs, make sure you turn left for Lucky Cat (on the right is Gordon’s Bar and Grill). We were greeted by an elegantly dressed maitre d’, who took us to our table. I immediately fell in love with decor and the vibe. It reminds me of a classy Shanghai Club from the 1920’s/30’s where the wealthy and upper class hang and socialise!
There is a lounge area, which is decked out in comfy lounge chairs, deliberately designed for the guests to sit back, relax and enjoy their extensive cocktail range. Think classy jazz bar vibe with world class drinks and food menu. I later found out that the restaurant was inspired by “Tokyo’s 1930s kissas and Shanghai’s drinking dens”. So that explains it!
How should you dress for this beautiful experience at Lucky Cat?
Whilst the restaurant is pretty classy and relatively fancy, they recommend smart casual attire. That means no caps, vests, flip flops or sportswear. But I saw a range of really dressy people to jeans and t-shirts, and everything in between. I’d say you can’t go wrong with an ‘effortlessly elegant’ dress code. The main thing is to be comfortable and presentable. I recommend wearing something loose though because you’d want to eat everything! Haha
I’ve been loving a neutral look lately. So I wore this beautiful white tiered maxi skirt from Ulla Johnson. Unfortunately it is sold out, but I have linked similar ones here and here (UK); here and here (currently on sale) (US). I paired with a classic white Polo shirt and an oatmeal cashmere jumper. Layering is key in London.
And we went straight to the cocktails…
I went straight to their exclusive cocktail menu. They all sounded amazing! But I finally settled for Ureshi, which is made up of haku vodka, sake, lychee, alyssum, smoked sea salt. Because I am a real sucker for everything lychee! And it tasted as good as it sounds, trust me!!
Alan got a Polynesian Punch, with bacardi carta negra, bacardi spiced, koko kanu, coconut, mango, pineapple, lime, angostura bitters. That was also yummy!
The food is Asian inspired small plates, designed to be share
Asian inspired small plates, Robata grilled dishes, sushi and sashimi are exquisitely crafted in the open kitchen and signature raw bar. Gordon and his Executive Head Chef have designed each dish to be shared at the centre of the table. Source: Lucky Cat menu
They recommend 3-5 dishes each. But we got five dishes between the two of us plus two desserts and we were rolling out of there. I was so full! Each dish was delicately prepared with multiple layers of flavours beautifully married together! I thoroughly enjoyed every dish. But if I had to pick a favourite, I would have to say the beef tataki and the grilled lamb!
We finished off with two mouth watering desserts.
Our Valentine’s Day lunch at Lucky Cat was a beautiful experience
I was pleasantly surprised by this little find and I would definitely go back. So if you find yourself in central London looking for a nice dining experience or for a drink, then make sure to check them out. You will not regret it! If you do pop in or have been there before, please comment below and let me know what you think.
Now that I know how amazing this place is… next time I am shopping on Oxford St, I will be popping in for a nice cocktail, or three to escape the hustles and bustles! 🙂