strengthofabear's Qype reviews
81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
strengthofabear wrote on 17 October 2012We were here on Saturday. The service was great, very attentive although quite formal. My wife had spiced aubergine to start which was delicious, heavy on the cumin, which is a good thing. I had crab and basil tart which was good but not amazing. She had a vegetarian lasagne for main and I had sweetbreads, both were tasty and interesting but not mind-blowing. I had an apple tart for dessert which again was very tasty. The sommelier's wine recommendations were excellent all evening. Quite expensive but just about worth it.
43 Elystan Street, South Kensington, London SW3 3NT
strengthofabear wrote on 4 December 2010
We went here for dinner on Tuesday and had the tasting menu (with matching wine). It was brilliant.
We had a tiny truffle mousse with marinated olives and polenta as a pre-starter. I could have eaten a much bigger portion of this. Then we had scallops with black pudding and braised beef in red wine sauce, which was amazing. One of the tastiest things I've eaten.
Then venison carpaccio with beetroot and various other things which was very good, was sharp and fresh which was a good idea after the richness of the previous course. Then iberico ham with foie gras, which I've wanted as a snack every day since.
The next two courses were the main courses, john dory with hazelnut sauce and then partridge with parsnip puree and a potato thing. I wasn't as impressed with these, the john dory seemed a bit overcooked and dry to me and the partridge was nice but not special. Although I don't know if I'm being unfair as whenever I've had a tasting menu I end up thinkng that the main course type courses are less impressive. Does my mouth get bored after the great starters so I don't appreciate the main courses? Or do the chefs get lazy half way through dinner? Or is it that I've had a glass of wine with each course (and half of Gill's wine as well) by that stage?
Then two dessert courses. Firstly a medley of plum based things and then various pumpkin dishes. Both were good but I'm not really a dessert person.
Each wine went really well with every course, the white wines in particular, I don't normally like white wine but these were great. The wine chap was very jolly and helpful. In fact all the waiters were very friendly, funny and accomodating.
So 5 stars.
63 Eaton Terrace, London SW1W 8TR