Restaurant: The Pantechnicon Rooms
Where is it: Motcomb St, Belgravia. A little off the beaten track unless you’re a local, but totally worth it for a cosy evening with faultless service and yummy food.
What kind of food: Modern-British. Think gourmet pies, fresh seafood and juicy steaks.
Who goes: Locals who are well-dressed but not dressy and real foodies who have read the rave reviews by the likes of AA Gill, Giles Coren and Fay Maschler.
The concept: The brilliant Cubitt House team (you may well know The Orange, The Grazing Goat and / or The Thomas Cubitt – other establishments you should check out if you haven’t already) revived The Turk’s Head – a dilapidated old pub hidden away on a cobbled lane between Sloane Street and The Berkeley Hotel – transforming it into The Pantechnicon Rooms.
There are four levels to this venue and every one has a purpose: The Ground Floor Bar (best for light bites and brunch), The First Floor Dining Room (perfect for cosy dinners like ours), plus The Dining Room, The Boardroom and The Loft Bar – seriously smart (but not stuffy) private rooms on the upper floors that we’re planning on renting for a big birthday.
The interiors: The embodiment of a British gastro-pub. Four floors of love-worn leather seats, open fireplaces, ceiling beams, shuttered windows and framed black and white photos which call to mind the classic English elegance of Soho House.
Hero Dishes: Mushrooms on Toast with Slow Cooked Duck Yolk (rich and flavorful) and Asparagus & Pea Soup with Smoked Salmon Toasty. Apparently the Beef Bavette is melt-in-the-mouth delicious, but we decided it was one for next time.
We tried: To start, the Scottish Scallops, Truffle, Pea, Pancetta & Lemon (not a new combination but easily the best this fusion has ever tasted) and the Chilli Salt Squid with Smoked Chilli & Lime Dressing (this kind of dish is irresistible when you’re hungry). Next came the Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie (as good as it sounds) and tender Fish of the Day with a side of Dressed Devon Crab Cakes.
Anything unusual: The pudding menu – which includes splurge-worthy options like Spiced Apple Pie and Chocolate Mousse with Cinnamon Doughnuts – suggests a pairing for each. Not a fan of sweet wine? You will be…
Star cocktail: The Knightsbridge Garden. A blend of Hendrick‘s Gin, apple juice, fresh cucumber, lemongrass, honey, lime juice and Fever Tree Ginger Beer.
What made it unique to them: The service here is spot on. The thoughtful, friendly and all-round charming Maître D is one of the reasons we’ve already booked to go back.