You really can’t go wrong with any of the Caprice Group restaurants. Scotts, J Sheekey and the Ivy are all stalwarts that have been in London for many years. Restaurant 34 is the youngest of the siblings, opening in November 2011. The restaurant is a celebrity hotspot and it is the restaurant of choice for stars such as Kate Moss, Katy Perry, Sean Penn and Ellie Goulding.
Its not easy to spot in its location just off Grosvenor Square but look out for the large leopard just outside the front door…
The restaurant itself, while a little formal is not stuffy and the burnt orange banquettes are cosy and inviting. Unfortunately, the staff were not keen on me taking photographs and I promised it would just be the food. So apologies for the lack of interior shots.
The menu is classic and features a mix of British, European and American dishes. Its the kind of menu that could please the fussiest eater.
Here’s some bread porn
The Caprice restaurants never fail to offer a generous bread baskets with a good variety to choose from. My favourite is the wholemeal at baguette at Scott’s.
My dining companion today was Richard, an old family friend. For his starter he chose fillet of Cornish mackerel with Violetta potatoes and horseradish cream.
The mackerel was well cooked and he was pleased to say the horseradish didn’t blow his head off with heat!
I chose a mixed sashimi with wasabi vinaigrette. One of my favourites!
My raw fish dish was both beautifully presented and perfectly executed.
For main course, Richard chose a hearty spaghetti and meatballs.
Ok, its not the prettiest of dishes but he proclaimed it the best spaghetti and meatballs he’d ever had!
I chose griddled prawns with padron peppers and chimichurri, a sort of Argentinian take on pesto. The prawns were perfectly cooked, but I could have done with a few more! What is it with restaurants stinging on prawns?
Restaurant 34, is a lovely classic restaurant in Mayfair, you can’t fault the service or the food but there is nothing about this restaurant that will blow your mind. That said it is a totally fail safe option for anything from a business lunch to a romantic dinner.
34 Grosvenor Square
020 3350 3434