Walking over to Knightsbridge one day we passed a restaurant that had a name that sounded familiar. It was one that had been written about as a haunt of London’s elite.
Mr. CA4G and I were in need of somewhere for dinner so decided to head over to Scott’s and try it.
Located on Mount Street in upmarket Mayfair, it was a short walk from our Marylebone accommodation. An elegant black and white frontage with large windows is manned by a bowler hatted doorman. A cosy interior in creams and browns is highlighted with stunning lighting, art and mirrors. The clientele tends to be a older money and slightly more relaxed, not try hards at all.
Scott’s is big on seafood of all kinds and has a good range of land and air based foods as well. An oyster and champagne bar dominates the centre of the room, with oysters being freshly shucked to order. Scott’s are big on sustainably sourced seafood and organic produce, and make a point of specifying where there produce is caught, raised or grown.
Having had a good lunch, we decided to only have a main course each and a glass of wine. Mr. CA4G’s favourite John Dory was on the menu served with globe artichokes, anchovies and capers, so he had that.
I chose Devonshire chicken with foie gras stuffing, mousseron mushrooms and tarragon. Mousseron mushrooms (Scotch Bonnets) were new to me so had to try them, and who can pass up foie gras? My chicken was quite large so I had to palm some off to Mr. CA4G The mushrooms were delicious!
Of course we had to have some chips to go with our meal. We both had a glass of white wine, both were chardonnays and from Burgundy. Mr. CA4G had a Francois Gaunoux 2009 Puligny Montrachet while I went for Domaine de Chaude Ecuelle 2011 Chablis. Having French chardonnay is an interesting experience. The variations are remarkable and show just how much terroir and the winemaker impact the final product. They tend to be a little more nuanced and subtle than some of the in your face Aussie chardonnays. We had several chardonnays from Burgundy on our trip and Mr. CA4G has now become a convert to chardonnay.
After a fabulous meal dessert was tempting but we had to pass. Scott’s is definitely on our list of restaurants to head back to when we go to London again.
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