Photo courtesy of Bob Bob Ricard
Checking out the menu beforehand, online at work, resulted in a lot of mouth watering and umming and ahhing. It all sounded so delicious and over the top, I was slightly dubious as to how they were going to pull it off. Designed by architect David Collins, who also designed The Wolseley, the restaurant is a feast for the eyes. Reminiscent of an art deco inspired old railway carriage, is has an other worldy, almost kitch charm to it. Some may have found this a little too much, but I for one absolutely loved the glamorous atmosphere and felt like I could have been a movie star when walking in. Owned by Russian’s, their influence is clear: the decor certainly matches the eclectic mish mash of an English and Russian inspired menu. With British classics like chicken kiev with sweetcorn wheels, Beef Wellington and Afternoon Tea alongside lobster brioche burgers, oysters gratin with black truffle and what they call their signature venison tartare, including 3 vegetarian choices, there is certainly something for everyone. They are also known for the best value fine wine and champagne list in the UK. Wines by the glass include vintage Bollinger and they are the only UK restaurant to offer Chateau d’Yquem by the glass as recommended by the Chateau itself. I was there with my family celebrating my brother’s 29th Birthday, and I think its safe to say we are a pretty foodie family and enjoy trying new restaurants. I doubled down on crab: crab salad with chilli avocado mayonnaise to start, followed by the Cornish crab cake served with sliced baby tomatoes, leek and a fried quail egg on top with a side of crushed minted peas, which were all divine! I wasn’t in the mood for alcohol so instead went for the cucumber and mint limeade which was utterly delicious and refreshing. The staff were friendly and attentive, catering to our every need… we even had a champagne button at our table, a temptingly decadent way to order! All in all it was a great evening for a celebration, and I would recommend it to all my friends.
By Mia Lillingston