We’ve just returned from one of our best recent dining experiences. It’s hard to see why anyone would want to take a Michelin star AWAY (it lost its star two years ago) from this beautiful restaurant on Grosvenor Square. If anything, they should smother this place with stars in my view.
The venue is pleasantly bright, not overly elegant, pretty straight-forward with the obligatory few bits of art on the walls. The staff were unusually friendly, nearly chirpy, attentive, helpful, and quick, a very good experience.
As part of a special set-menu deal, which, I believe was roughly £35 per person, we received two glasses of prosecco on arrival. The starters arrived soon after: tuna tartare roll, avocado, black sesame; salmon tacos, avocado, chilli; baby spinach, dry miso, parmesan; and duck steam bun, black bean mayo, green papaya.
I fell in love with the salmon tacos, which, in my view had perfect taste, looks, and texture. The runner-up in my opinion was the tuna tartare roll, which nearly rivalled the salmon in all three categories (taste, looks, texture).
The baby spinach salad was surprisingly strong in flavour, and the bun was also very pleasant.
As our mains we had a red miso bream, choi sum, yuzu, and a Dingley Dell pork tenderloin, suckling belly, jalapeno, mooli salad, nashi pear. I greatly enjoyed my half of both dishes and Ms B was also rather pleased. Yuzu seems to be everywhere these days, but I can see why, it does add a lot to a great many dishes.
To finish it all off, we had matcha tiramisu, with lemon, jasmine white chocolate mousse, as well as roasted pineapple, macadamia nut and vanilla ice cream with chilli and black pepper. Ms B, who, different from me, has a sweet tooth, nearly melted away on the opposite side of our table right in front of me. I was thoroughly impressed too. Just when we were going to ask for the bill, the waiter came by with a small plate of petit fours: two delicious pralines.
An allround wonderful experience. 5 out of 5 in our books. We’ll be back very soon.
More restaurant reviews? Try Rowley’s, Ninth, Galvin at the Athenaeum, Berners Tavern or Lafleur. Or looking for some travel inspiration? Check out our posts about our sailing trip around Lisbon, hiking in the Cotswolds and the Dordogne, or our camel ride in the Sahara.