Mayfair basement gem

I have to say the thrill of the chase to get a coveted booking at this attractive restaurant in Mayfair was the draw here. One always wants what one cannot easily have! Finally, after timing my phone call to perfection, I landed a booking, albeit in the height of summer in a deep, dark basement. The effort was worth it. This is a cosy 2 floor bijou dining room, apparently based on an infamous courtesan ‘kitty fisher’ from the 18th century. There is a feeling of a posh brothel/ gentlemans’ club/ ye olde pub vibe, all of which makes it very inviting. The basement is small but intimate with flickering lights, red leather seating and an easy view into the bustling kitchen. Staff were fab, friendly and funny, like one of your best mates.
The menu was small but perfectly formed with interesting and scrumptious combinations e.g.bread with burnt onion butter, beef and pink fir and cheese potatoes, burrata and beetroot to name a few. Big hunks of bread came out with fluffy butter with a dusting of soot, a nice beginning. Creamy burrata complimented by the right side of acidic beetroot was next. Then, the glorious, generous mains showcase the the chef’s meat and fish skills with the most tender, slender red duck, that I have ever eaten and deep satisfying beef fillet with velvety red jus. Fish came plump, white and with crispy skin. Desserts topped off a perfect meal. Wine and conversation flowed and we left with a smile and a full stomach and then hopped, skipped and jumped to little house mayfair for a brandy and baileys. This is Mayfair at its best and least pretentious.

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