I love Mayfair. As an area I think there’s just something about it that’s so sophisticated. The designer stores, the beautiful Green Park opposite and of course, the selection of amazing restaurants.
The week before last I had the opportunity to try one of those restaurants with work, the recently revamped May Fair Kitchen.
Now I have to be honest, I hadn’t eaten in the old May Fair Kitchen, so I can’t really compare the two. I had however been for drinks, so I had seen the old interior. It was quite dark with lots of heavy curtains and dark wood finishes. The new look and feel is a world apart. They have opened up the bar area and filled the space with natural light, light drift wood and marble table tops and lots of beautiful copper accessories.
It has a much more airy feel about it now and is far more welcoming.
We sat in the bar to start with and ordered a selection of cocktails. A couple of the girls went for the rosé sangria while I had the Campi di Viola, a mix of lavender, elderflower and lemon topped with prosecco. It was beautifully light and refreshing, the flavours worked perfectly together. It’s safe to say I’ve become a really big fan of elderflower since the summer has started! Both drinks were presented fantastically too, the sangria containing a lovely edible flower, and my cocktail with a sprig of lavender attached to the side. They were an instagrammers dream!
We were promptly taken to our table to peruse the Italian and Spanish tapas inspired menu. I can honestly say I wanted to try everything, it all sounded incredible! Luckily as there were a few of us, and the general rule of thumb with tapas is three dishes each, we managed to order A LOT of the menu!
Our waiter suggested that we try and split up all of our choices, almost into courses, so that not all the food came at once and was sat getting cold. It was the perfect recommendation as every time we were starting to finish one dish, another promptly came out to great us. Our first “course” arrived quickly and all our faces lit up as we were starving! We started with the smoked lamb carpaccio, which I was very excited to try, the margherita pizza with torn basil, patatas bravas and the trio of bruschetta. I was a HUGE fan of the lamb carpaccio, it came under a glass bell top filled with smoke and the flavour was simply to die for. The patatas bravas weren’t quite what I expected, they were more chunky chips than actual potatoes, but still delicious. And the trio of bruschetta was simply YUM.
Just as we put our forks down, our next “course” arrived. A delicious mound of calamari with a chilli lemon mayonnaise, gnocchi and spinach gorgonzola in a parmasan basket, lobster risotto and king crab ravioli. The calamari was perfectly cooked, not too chewy and not even slightly soggy either. Personally I wasn’t the biggest fan of the gnocchi, but that was just because it was quite cheesy and we all know I’m not a cheese lover. The lobster risotto was by far my favourite though, I could eaten the whole lot to myself. Not too heavy and incredibly flavoursome, I’m drolling just at the thought of it now!
Lastly we finished with some more seafood options, seared tuna, scallops, chilli tiger prawns and Chilean sea bass. Annoyingly I didn’t manage to get any snaps of the prawns or sea bass, so apologies there. The tuna was my fave for this round by a long shot. Another one that I could have eaten all day. Tones of flavour and cooked amazingly, which is surprisingly rare to find these days. The prawns and sea bass were also a huge hit and we ended up ordering two more portions. The prawns are pretty spicy though so not for the faint hearted!
After all that I think it’s safe to say we were all full to the brim and ready to burst! However………it would obviously be rude not to order dessert now wouldn’t it! The chocolate fiend in me simply couldn’t resist the chocolate fondant with amaretti and vanilla ice cream, which my colleague opted for the sugar coated doughnuts. Both were obviously insane. The fondant came out already oozing, and was the smoothest, chocolatey’ist thing ever!
Over all we had such a lovely evening. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The bill however was a little heart stopping! It came to over £400 for 5 of us, so it’s really not a cheap one. However, that did include all the booze, you are in Mayfair, and if your looking for a special occasion then its 100% worth it.