Seasonal Culinary Creations at its Best: W London


Perception Lounge at W Hotel London offers a diverse array of delectable bites, enticing guests with a variety of flavors and textures. The Head Chef Rohan Almeida with his team has lined up a tantalising seasonal menu for the spring summer season this year. A feature by FnB Columnist Riccha Grrover for Asian Lite International.

Among the appetizing options is the Salt and Pepper Squid, featuring tender squid delicately seasoned with salt and pepper, accompanied by a tangy fermented chili dip. For seafood enthusiasts, the Tuna Tartare presents a refreshing blend of flavors, combining fresh tuna with creamy avocado puree, zesty soy honey and lime dressing, creating a harmonious symphony for the palate. Another seafood delight is the Crispy Black Pepper Shrimps, showcasing plump prawns coated in a crispy black pepper batter, served with a delish sweet chili and garlic dipping sauce.

For those who prefer poultry, their Chicken Satay offers succulent chicken fillet strips, grilled to perfection and served with a rich and nutty peanut dipping sauce. Meanwhile, the Crispy Fried Chicken boasts a delightful fusion of soy and ginger-marinated chicken, expertly fried to achieve a crispy exterior, paired with a creamy buttermilk dip for added indulgence. Vegetarian options are also abundant, with highlights such as the Crispy Cauliflower & Broccoli Tempura Florets, featuring a crunchy exterior enveloping tender florets, served alongside a luscious vegan satay sauce dip.

Guests seeking a heartier options can indulge in the Crispy Confit Pork Belly Bon Bons, offering succulent bites of pork belly coated in a crispy shell, complemented by a delectable sesame chili garlic and apple sauce. The menu also features a selection of W Bao’s, featuring crispy chicken or marinated tofu nestled within pillowy steamed buns, accompanied by a spicy Sriracha mayonnaise or vegan alternative. For a lighter option, the Tacos showcase inventive combinations such as Tuna with soy, ginger, and avocado, or Avocado with cucumber, coriander, and chili, served on delicate tortillas for a satisfying bite-sized treat. With its diverse range of offerings, Perception Lounge promises a culinary journey this summer that will delight the senses and satisfy a range of palates.

Diners will also have an array of other options to choose from. The Asian poke bowl combines rice, Wakame, carrots, edamame beans, cucumber, and radish, drizzled with sesame dressing and wasabi mayonnaise, topped with peanut crunch for added texture. For a refreshing bite, the Xi’an Cold Skin noodles salad presents a delightful mix of cucumber, beansprouts, carrots, and cabbage. Seafood lovers may opt for the Yusheng salad featuring smoked salmon, daikon, carrots, red cabbage, bean sprouts, and wakame. Meanwhile, the classic Caesar salad offers a timeless choice, available in both regular and smaller side portions.To customize their salads, patrons can choose from a selection of toppings, including fried tofu, grilled chicken, or grilled shrimps, each adding its own distinct flavor profile to the dish and elevating it ofcourse.

Moving on to mains, the menu showcases a blend of international flavors and comforting classics. Burger enthusiasts can indulge in the W Burger, a classic meat burger embellished with lettuce, tomatoes, sliced onion, pickle, and served with fries in a charcoal and linseed bun. Toppings such as matured Monterey jack cheese or sweet cured bacon are available to accentuate the burger experience.

For those craving British fare, the Fish & Chips features salt and battered cod accompanied by chunky chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas where the fish surely provides a satisfyingly crunchy exterior and tender fish within. 

Alternatively, the Steamed Whole Sea Bass offers a lighter option, infused with soy, lime, spring onions, and chili, served with jasmine rice for a fragrant and flavorful meal. Vegetarians can savor the Redefine meat burger, boasting harissa yogurt, avocado with a side of sweet potato fries.

In the rice bowl section, highlights include the Coconut prawn curry with wild rice, topped with curry leaves for an aromatic finish. Sweet and sour pork with pineapple and peppers, served with jasmine rice, offers a tantalizing balance of flavors. For noodle enthusiasts, the Ramen noodle broth presents a comforting and hearty option.

Complementing the main dishes are a selection of sides, including spiced corn ribs, fries with various seasoning options, garden leaves salad, and sweet potato fries, catering to different preferences and cravings.

To round off the dining experience on a sweet note, the dessert menu features indulgent treats such as Passion fruit and mango cheesecake, Mochi ice cream in a variety of flavors, Sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb and vanilla ice cream, Fried bao bun sandwich with apple pie filling and vanilla ice cream, and an Asian ice cream selection, offering a delightful conclusion to a memorable meal at Perception Lounge.

Exceptional service, charming interiors, classy vibe, delightful presentation and outstanding dishes both in terms of portion and taste, it’s all Highly Recommended! 

About Head Chef Rohan Almeida 

Chef Rohan has over a decade of experience in the hotel industry. Originally from India, years ago he came to the UK to pursue his dream; to further study culinary arts and hospitality management in a west London college after which he started his culinary journey in one of London’s leading five star hotels -Grosvenor House, A J W Marriott hotel at Park Lane. During his tenure at JW Marriott he got a chance to work with well known chefs like Nigel Boschetti, Robert Stephens, Paul Hallet, from whom he learned a lot he feels. Currently Chef Rohan is handling the role of Head Chef for W London. With a unique blend of creative flair with a true passion for food, his engaging interpersonal skills, he has a strong record of streamlining kitchen operations and ensuring best food quality and service standards. He believes in maintaining traditional recipes though giving innovative new-age presentations.

About W Hotel, London 

Located in Soho, every main attraction in central London orbits this luxe landmark hotel within walking distance. It’s a pedestrian’s paradise for shopping, food and entertainment. Everything from Leicester Square to Carnaby Street and Covent Garden is a love letter to your hedonistic heart. It has luxurious rooms and suites with a playful design and a touch of Cool Britannia

The Perception Lounge 

An urban oasis where music, fashion, and design come together at the right frequency. Curvy lounging corners and a spacious design invite night owls to come and vibe to invigorating music & events programming. Urban edge meets London glamor for drinks.

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