Cosy, leather seated Mayfair restaurant from Anthony Demetre, ideal for Michelin starred set lunches and pre-theatre meals being among the best value one can gain in London.
This is my third time to Wild Honey but only my second documented visit and I am glad to see that it is still doing what it does best – Michelin starred cooking for a reasonably price which I sincerely hope does not go away soon. The restaurant has been refurbished since my last time and the bar moved further down and on the opposite side to where it used to be to make more space and this is a good thing as it’s only restriction is its narrrow width. However, this adds to a more bustling atmosphere which will no doubt make a few first dates a little more relaxed if one came here. I do love the rounded sofa tables – I don’t think people comment on this when most will think the same which is that these do make a difference and are always nice to have at any time.
So on to the food of this visit – first impressions unfortunately were not great as the butter was hard which is a simple error, the waiter did not know what kind of bread it was or whether cooked on the premises and did not have the initiative to find out (he left it as a question mark) and I did not enjoy how large and hard the crust was. I know some will enjoy this, but it just makes it more of a real effort to enjoy so I was actually a little deflated on this opening. My spirits were thankfully held aloft when the crispy lamb salad which was absolutely lovely, as was the cod with pea puree and delightfully balanced jus.
The sommelier did a good job of recommending a bottle of Sauvignon Richardson from New Zealand that did actually go well with all courses. I loved the puffed rice with the ice cream at dessert (childhood smiles brought back) and the petit fours were classic and equally lovely – fluffy on the inside but with just the right amount of naughtiness at the same time.
Overall I was very pleased and even though the opening started with dissapointment, the slightly higher moments during the meal puts the experience pretty much smack on par with the previous visit. It remains one of the best value restaruants in London at Michelin starred level and I will have to go back to the a la carte next time, to gain some overdue wild honey dessert. £61 each for a Michelin starred meal with a full bottle of wine to share with overall very good flavours – what more do you need for a worthwhile lunch?
Food Grade: 81%
This is one of the most reasonable set-menu options available in London set in a lovely part of town with a stylish yet casual feel to its design. The set menu which is also available as a pre-theatre option is exceptionally well priced and the quality of food was absolutely fine. Although I did not have on this occasion, I can say that the honey comb and honey ice cream is absolutely a treat. The menu on this visit proved to be equally balanced and light. I walked away feeling perfectly happy and although my photos of the fillet steak and béarnaise cause on a different occasion have sadly been lost, the very fact that this was an option was lovely to see (having the guts to include original and classic dishes amongst the new). Not special enough as a place to celebrate a unique occasion but perfect as an option for dates, pleasant lunches, a quick pre-theatre bite or a mid-week dinner somewhere as a safe bet.
Food Grade: 81%
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