Gordon Ramsay’s newest culinary venture, Heddon Street Kitchen (3-9 Heddon Street London, W1B 4BE), brings an upscale brasserie to the heart of London’s trendy Mayfair area. Situated between Regent Street and Savile Row in a very cool little pedestrian-only zone called the Regent Street Food Quarter, HSK is a perfect choice for a power breakfast, business lunch or fancy dinner.
The space is modern and industrial, with exposed services and very cool, lightly tinted large glass globe lights. It creates an interior that is comfortable all day long, yet a bit formal at night. This is appropriate since they do offer all-day dining, serving breakfast at 7:30 AM each morning (except for weekends when they do a brunch starting at 10 AM), lunch and then serving dinner until 11 PM every night except Sunday, when they serve dinner until 9 PM.
HSK’s neighbors in the Regent Street Food Quarter make it an ideal single destination for a delicious evening out, with places for drinks, dinner and of course more post-dinner drinks. The area is easily accessible with multiple Tube stops nearby and Uber is a popular option for London locals and visitors. I planned my visit to Heddon Street Kitchen and my entire London adventure on visitlondon.com, the city’s official tourism portal.
My dinner started with a heaping plate of tamarind spiced chicken wings and just like that, I knew it was going to be a great experience. The thick, meaty wings were served with spring onions and also flavored with coriander. Next, things got quite meaty with the HSK cured meat plate starter, served with pickles, olives and chili peppers. The plate offered a tantalizing array of delicately sliced selections including chorizo, Parma ham and Italian Salame Brianza from Lombardy. My main was up next, a big 10-ounce Saddleback pork chop, which I had served with a pepper sauce. Ordered from the “Grill” section of the compact but focused menu, the chop was nicely prepared and delicious to eat.
The dessert menu, which I was by that point physically unable to enjoy, includes a rather wide variety of delicious options including various ice creams, sorbets and cheeses. Highlights include a chocolate fondant and mint chocolate chip ice cream, a warm pear tart with creme fraiche and a bread and butter pudding with cinnamon and sultana grapes.
Heddon Street Kitchen has a strong wine list with an interactive wine bar that features frequent tastings and even wine master classes. With my meal, I went with a deep and soulful 2011 Journey’s End single-vineyard Merlot from the Stellenbosch area of South Africa.
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