Jazz & Blues
- Great food
May 11, 2018
There are many reasons to love this popular new bar and restaurant in Mayfair’s historic Shepherd Market. Despite the praise heaped on it, it’s far less scene-led and human than the Chiltern Firehouse (despite being named after one of Britain’s earliest celebrities, the notorious eighteenth century courtesan once painted by Joshua Reynolds). The space is handsome and classic, particularly the downstairs room, with its buttoned banquettes upholstered in velvet and its smart green walls. The cooking is superb, making the most of the kitchen’s specially constructed wood grill. The regularly changing menu features dishes like ox cheek with champ and spinach, a brilliant fillet of brill, lovely lemon sole with orange, fennel and chard. The bread with burnt onion butter is a treat in and of itself, ditto the whipped cod roe. The bar is as well stocked as you’d hope and they make a mean negroni. The wine list is well worth your attention too. The atmosphere is pleasingly unstuffy, especially given the Mayfair location, a shift of which we’re entirely supportive.
Main photo credits: Kitty Fisccher’s official website