I must say, I’m an avid Corbin and King fan (they’re the chaps who own Zédel, The Delaunay and The Wolseley amongst others). Their latest restaurant sits inside their first ever hotel, The Beaumont, just off Oxford Street, and it’s another corker.
The hotel itself is glamorous yet not at all showy; the large Antony Gormley installation, an architectural extension to the hotel (which is actually a suite you can stay in) is quite a spectacle. The window-less restaurant is small and sexy – the last time I was in there I saw Elton John, which was all rather exciting.
The menu is varied and there really is something for everyone. As we were celebrating my gentleman companion’s birthday we started with Jersey rock oysters (6 for £12.75) and the New York shrimp cocktail (£16). The latter saw giant and juicy prawns overhanging an iced glass with a fiery tomatoey dipping sauce. The quality of the ingredients in both starters was spot on.
For main, I went for the large Colony Club Salad (£12.75) which was absolutely humungous. Precisely diced cubes of avocado, rubbery cheese, tomato, bacon, chicken and cucumber atop shredded lettuce made for a really refreshing bowl of food. I naturally went for a side of chips (£4.95) and creamed spinach (£4.75).
Les Plats du Jour on our visit was navarin of lamb (£21.50), which is a slow cooked stew usually using the lamb’s neck. It was super salty but in the medicinal kind of way – if it were blowin’ a gale out yonder this is the sort of thing you’d want to warm your cockles.
To finish, the pistachio and cherry baked Alaska (£9), which was big enough to share, was flambéd table side in a seamless fashion by a chap who really knew what he was doing (you can see the flame for yourself on my Vine). It was sweet and sticky with a pistachio ice cream centre – pure puddingy heaven!
With some super charming service along with food that’s so off-trend it could be referred to as old fashioned, it’s very hard not to fall in love with The Colony Grill Room. They serve classics but they do so brilliantly.