In February I decided to write a post talking about my latest discoveries in terms of restaurants in London with the intention of making it a monthly occurrence, if possible. In London, there is always a new restaurant opening or restaurants opening after being closed for refurbishment, plus there are many restaurants that have been there for a while and I never had a chance of visiting- as a matter of fact I have a very long list of restaurant/ brunch places I must try at some point. This post features two restaurants:
The Game Bird - The Stafford London, 16-18 St James's Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1NJ
Lima Fitzrovia - 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1JH
I am going to start with the perfect dinner at The Game Bird at The Stafford London, I was invited with a group of instagrammers/ bloggers, to taste the new menu following its recent re-opening following a refurbishment.. You will not stumble across this place, unless you were looking for it, and it feels like stepping back in time and I would not be surprised if that street had been used as a filming location for a period drama.
We started our evening with drinks at the American Bar and really loved the atmosphere which matched the elegant interiors. Before we sat down for our dinner, we went for a tour of the wine cellar with Master Sommelier, Gino Nardella, this is where I had the biggest surprise as there was a table set up for dinner. Built in the 17th Century by Lord Francis Godolphin, and used as an air-raid shelter in World War II, these cellars house up to 8,000 bottles of the finest wines and can be booked for events.
Dinner, as I said at the beginning of my post, was just perfect, it took us a long time to decide what to have, everything sounded yummy. The menu focus on the diverse produce of Britain, such as Clarence Court eggs and Orkney sea scallops, alongside a changing selection of pies, puddings and stews. I ended up opting for the Orkney sea scallops with oasted cauliflower, smoked roe, gremolata for starters and 'the game bird', roast pigeon withparsnips, cabbage, braised leg, for main.
Whilst we waited for our food, we also had a chance to meet James Durrant, the Executive Chef of Game Bird James has over 20 years experience of working in the industry including working for Gordon Ramsay. When the food arrived, it didn't disappoint and all courses were super delicious, I was very happy with my choices, even though have to admit I was a bit envious of the chicken kiev, a dish that I didnt expect to find on the menu and looked very inviting,
Even though full, it was not possible to skip dessert after having a look at the menu...I just had to have Lyle's Golden Syrup sponge with custard and I have to say it was the best dessert I had in a long time.
A very special dining experience, highly recommended if you want to escape the tourist streets and fully immersed yourself in British atmosphere and food.
From a classic British experience to a Peruvian one, with brunch at Lima Fitzrovia, which was first awarded a Michelin star in 2013 – the first and only Peruvian restaurant to achieve this.
I was invited to taste the new spring bottomless brunch menu and, if you know me a bit, you should also know that brunch is one of favourite meals and Peruvian brunch is a favourite of mine alongside the more classic brunch.
Brunch started with Pisco Sour, Pisco being the national drink of Peru we could have not chosen a different drink. With this menu all you have to choose is the main course and we both opted for Lamb as recommended. When the starter arrived it was an explosion of colours and flavours.
The starters are: mixed Ceviche (Tuna. Octopus. Sea bream), one of my favourite dishes, Asparagus causa, tree tomato and yellow potato salad. Cobia Fish Tiradito.
For our main course, we both ordered lamb, as recommended to us and it was superb. Mains are always accompanied by summer salad with goats cheese, pomegranate and fresh fig plus broccoli with red pepper.
To finish off the brunch, dessert was served: a Peruvian chocolate bar to enjoy at home, Peruvian doughnuts and dulche de leche ice cream, heavenly.
All photos have been taken with Google Pixel.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of these restaurants. All opinions are my own.