Cosy fine dining
|Saddle of Lune Valley lamb, turnips, red wine jus|
Located inside the luxury boutique St James Hotel in Mayfair, Seven Park Place is a tiny restaurant with less than 10 tables. Headed up by William Drabble, the Michelin starred restaurant offers modern French cuisine in a cosy, warming and intimate space. I have dined here a couple of times before for lunch, and both visits have proven me that William is such a skilful chef and the lunch menu is one of the best value for money deal you can find in London. This time, I went for the tasting menu to fully experience what the restaurant is really capable of.
|Seven Park Place|
|Scallop, bacon, celeriac jus|
|Lobster, roasted cauliflower|
|Foie gras, pear, ginger|
The restaurant's signature dish, the poached native lobster tail was done expertly, well seasoned and cooked to perfection. The cauliflower puree mixed well with the sweetness of the lobster, it was a well-executed plate of cooking. The seabass was an interesting dish that was served with a red wine jus which surprisingly worked well together with the fish, what really does was the smoked garlic which enchased the flavour of the sea and added a hint of spices. The final savoury course was the saddle of lamb with turnips and thyme, cooked pink and it was as moist as you can get from a piece of lamb.
|Seabass, smoked garlic, potato, red wine jus|
The tasting menu at Seven Park Place was truly wonderful, the cooking was top notch and no wonder why it has been holding a Michelin star for so many years. £87 for a tasting menu might sound a lot, but the quality of the ingredients justified the price tag. What I really enjoyed is the decor, with only 3 tables at one end of the dining room, along with the golden sofas and artistic wallpapers, it make this place such a lovely restaurant for a special occasion or any serious foodies,
What I paid:
£130 pp with coffee
Average cost without drinks and services:
£32.5 lunch menu
£87 tasting menu
7-8 Park Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1LS