Lots of relatively new places to update you on my loves…. so here we go…
We had a fabulous dinner at 34 in Mayfair. The restaurant has received a lot of press recently for hosting Kate Moss’s 40th Bday lunch, but the restaurant also stands on it’s own sans celebrities. 34 has a fantastic wine list, and offers a chopped salad as a starter, which always makes me happy. The grill was handmade in Argentina and is used for steak, seasonal game, and even fish. Apparently the lobster mac and cheese is amazing, but I passed and had a delicious fillet. The beef served at 34 includes Scottish dry-aged grass-fed, Australian Wagyu, and US prime corn-fed from Creekstone Farm. Yum!
This is a great restaurant to take visiting parents, or the man in your life that loves a good piece of meat.
34 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HD
(Entrance on South Audley Street)
We had a great time at Berners Tavern on Friday night with friends. I really loved the atmosphere, candlelight, every inch of the walls covered in framed art, and a giant floor to ceiling glistening bar, the restaurant was completely buzzing. Brought to you by Ian Schrager and the London Edition Hotels, you immediately feel cool just being there. I ordered the iceberg lettuce salad with avocado and blue cheese to start, and then had the Roasted Cornish Sea Bass with brown shrimp, kale and wholegrain mustard. I can report it was all delicious, as were the cocktails.
The downfall of the evening was when the coats came, or were supposed to come. The restaurant lost the coat, umbrella and work/man bag belonging to one of our friends and still has not returned it. Giving them the benefit of the doubt that they will find and return everything ASAP. Moral of the story- don’t check your coat!
The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners St, London W1T 3LF
We walked up to Dirty Bones on Kensington Church Street and were immediately stopped by a bouncer who told us that if we didn’t have reservations, we should just go home. Well, we didn’t have reservations, so we asked if we could just pop down for a drink. He let us, and when we went down into the speak-easy type basement the bar was totally empty. THEN, the fire alarm went off for about 10 minutes, and THEN, viola! we were given a table. The hot dogs are categorized as Classic Yankee, the Mexican, the Burger Dog, the Brit and the Frenchie, and because we we with a group we tried them all. Ick. The hot dogs all tasted the same, were over-cooked, all with just a different bizarre sauce on top.
Moral of the story- just because you have a door man, doesn’t mean your food is good.
20 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4EP