Top Quality Dining with an Exclusive Mayfair Club

29 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair, London W1S 3AN

Embassy Restaurant London Bar

After several delays and work commitments, I finally find myself putting pen to paper and writing the review for the Embassy, Old Burlington Street, Mayfair W1. This is a restaurant that, I assure you, is totally undeserving of such tardiness.

Not surprisingly, a restaurant owned by Mark Fuller, Gina Campbell-Clough and Garry Hollihead, many things about the restaurant have immediately sprang back to mind (let alone the food which has been constantly on my mind!). Recently, I had the occasion to organize a business dinner with a long valued customer and I felt obligated to go elsewhere having still not completed the review of this restaurant. Rest assured I paid the ultimate penalty, with a meal and service that just didn't compare in any manner except price.

Embassy Restaurant - Wally and Management

Executive Chef Garry Hollihead brings to your table solid experience gained in restaurants such as L'Oasis in Nice, the Savoy, Sutherlands, Les Saveurs, Mortons, L'Escargot, Sugar Reef and Red Cube in London. Using his Michelin-stars gained at Egon Ronay establishments, Garry is doing some pretty exciting things.

The restaurant, at a venue formerly occupied by Lounge-Jing, opened in November 2001 after a three month, 1.5 million refurbishment. I can not comment on the redesign, never having been to Lounge-Jing. However, I can comment on the end result, which is a superb and beautiful restaurant and lounge bar that I can assure you would have suited me and my customer perfectly for a relaxed, enjoyable dinner.

Embassy Restaurant London Food 2

The dining area upstairs provides spacious, comfortable seating with a mix of beige and pure white tablecloths that creates a relaxed, open atmosphere enabling dinners to talk freely and comfortably without intruding on others.

The menu is truly a fan fare for the taste buds. Whilst our table was booked for early evening it was just as well, considering how long it took us to chose our starters, let alone our main courses!

Roast Langoustines Thermidor, was my choice as a starter. Having spent last year in Scotland and unable to get them in any restaurant or fish mongers there (or at least where we were) - I leapt at the chance to try them. I was not disappointed; the meat was succulent and just melted away with the superior Thermidor sauce.

Embassy Restaurant London Food 1

Young Wally opted for the Cocotte Eggs Chasseur, chicken livers, mushrooms and Madeira Jus. This was devoured with the eagerness and enthusiasm that our Wally shows when suddenly a new creation is put in front of him. Having sampled it, I fully concur. The chicken livers and mushrooms were cooked perfectly and whilst firm to the fork just melted away in the mouth leaving the tang of Madeira

The main courses arrived presented on white plates that were certainly this chief's canvas. The Rump of Lamb Nicoise was how lamb should be, on a bed of pomme anna with a light vinaigrette and mustard seed sauce - a real treat. The lamb, marinated in a cabernet sauvignon had a real punchy taste to it that I strongly recommend you try. Wally had opted for the Fillet of Venison Wellington and pomme puree. In it's golden pastry, this beautiful red meat made the dish look incredibly good and its taste was stupendous.
Between the pastry and meat was a black substance, which caused some discussion on our part and finally concluding that it was black pudding. However, we were promptly corrected, learning that it was mashed mushrooms. This touch made a marvellous enhancement an unusual Venison dish.

Embassy Restaurant London Food 6

Following this minor matter of mistaken identity, Wally and I agreed, we need to spend a bit more time in our own kitchens (me cooking and Wally watching his wife cook!).

With dessert it just kept getting better. My Plum Pudding with brandy sabayon nicely rounded off my evening. It was one of sweet that really blows your diet, thick and sticky, full of fruit and complemented with a sabayon sauce that was an absolute wonder. Wally, had the Mont Blanc and caramel chestnuts, which looked superb. If I can edit his tie out of the picture you'll see what I mean! I would like to comment on this, but to be honest can not, because by that time I'd eaten far too much.

We completed the evening with a cocktail downstairs where we found one of the most comfortable lounge bars I've come across. There is a dance floor, a bar and a wonderfully private lounging area, with windows looking down on the dancers. Here, your favorite spirit can be purchased by the bottle, mixers by the jug (Vodka and Cranberry seems a favorite). So just kick back and relax or if you prefer, dance the night away. The list of cocktails and different Vodka's, Malts and bottled beers guarantees you'll find something to suit you. Amazingly, the lounge bar and dance floor though just downstairs from the restaurant and do not impinge on the dining experience.

Please note that access to lounge is "members only". Membership is strictly by invitation.

Embassy Restaurant, Mayfair Tel: 0207 437 9933
Tel: 0207 734 3224

Opening Hours:
LunchMonday-Friday 12:00 - 15:00
DinnerMonday - Wednesday18:00 - 23:30
DinnerThursday - Saturday18:00 - 03:00
Members Only Lounge
Monday - Saturday
18:00 - 03:00
Dinner for two: 60:00 - 70:00 (plus wine)

Underground: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Green Park

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Adam Nelis, January 2002

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