February 2012

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The Savoy Grill

Posted by Yannis Lionis on 12 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Restaurants

It took a lot of time and money to refurbish the Savoy, but based on our visit it looks like they did an amazing job. The hotel exudes old British luxury. The gold decorations, the displays of old china and crystal used in the hotel in the past, the luscious furnishings, all give out a luxuriously pampering feel.

The downstairs bar is a dark and moody affair, decorated in black and gold with very low lighting. There is a piano and on our Saturday night visit there was a jazz singer belting out old classics. A long list of imaginative cocktails were on offer, as well as some champagne from small growers and wine makers. All in all, a very pleasant environment to start your evening before proceeding to dinner.

And what a dinner it was. The Savoy Grill, a Gordon Ramsay establishment, did not disappoint us in any way. Our scallops were fresh and meaty, served in their shell with cauliflower, while the foie gras terrine was surprisingly mild and smooth, and the glass of Sauternes wine that the waiter suggested would go well with it made for an explosive combination. And then of course there is the meat. There is a satisfactory selection of different beef cuts, a couple of options of bigger cuts for two and several options for other meats and fish, overall a very comprehensive menu (if you’re not a vegetarian that is). The meat is grilled over a coal and wood fire, and you can taste that in each bite. The fillet was served unusually on the bone and was lovely and tender and a porterhouse steak with marrow bone sauce was juicy and powerful. This was complimented by an outstanding Rioja from the not particularly long but exceptionally varied wine list. The deserts were mercifully light - the baked Alaska with passion fruit delivered a bit of theatre to the table along with the sharp fruitiness and the pistachio souffle was luscious. Service is as professional and competent as you would expect, while also being friendly.

All in all, this is an excellent destination for drinks and dinner if you feel like splashing out a bit, and its history makes it that extra bit special.