Named after its location the elite restaurant resides just off Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair. We recently visited this famous eatery loved by celebrities and royals alike to experience some quintessential British hospitality.
While every thoughtful element contributes to it’s reputation, right from the first impression of the sharply dressed doorman with a royal green umbrella branded ’34’ – to classy interiors, but what truly makes it VIP is ofcourse the food. The menu quite eclectic makes sure it caters to all palates and does so quite effortlessly. Prices reflect the postcode but we didn’t expect anything less.
Classing itself as a “grill” restaurant, the centrepiece of the kitchen is a bespoke charcoal grill, imported from Argentina and fed by natural fuels. Beef plays an important role at 34 Mayfair and hence it is no surprise why their selection of steak is so popular amongst diners. The range includes Bridge of Allan dry-aged grass-fed, A5 Japanese Wagyu (a fillet priced at a whopping £130) USDA prime, and pure heritage breeds in the Yorkshire Dales.
We had the Tataki Tuna, crispy duck salad and Jamon Iberico for appetisers all presented very well, bang on flavour and great sharing sizes. The staff was friendly and extended some top class hospitality. We belive it’s not the easiest job to cater to omnivores (which we are) but our server did great tailoring recommendations to our mood and appetite.
For the mains we had the Indonesian spiced Stone Bass and the USDA prime Rib eye which we can safely say is the best steak we’ve ever eaten. The bass came with some delicious sides like the spiced corn mash and fried rice which were quite unique in taste. Overall we quite enjoyed sharing this dual cuisine spread amongst us.
Taking great pride in their dessert selection, 34 Mayfair once again presented us with some fun options – some known, some unknown and some with a twist to the classics.
We had the fool proof Creme Brulee, this was a passionfruit one! Needless to say that two golden words – Creme Brulee & Passionfruit can seldom disappoint. The dish looked too pretty to eat, however tasted even better. Next we had the Bramley apple pie which was warm, fluffy and every bit of comfort dessert accompanied with classic vanilla ice cream.
We regret not trying the fluffy round donuts which appeared to be a popular choice amongst diners. They come coated in sugar and served with chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce and lemon meringue….Totally Drool worthy!
Given the restaurant forest in London only keeps getting dense with several old and new diverting focus to competing for Instagram popularity, we see why 34 Mayfair maintains its cult status as a quintessential British luxury dining experience.
Written by Chandan Mathrawala Bathia
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