Set in the heart of Mayfair, in Shepherds Market, famed for its notorious night life, the restaurant was appropriately named after the infamous 18th Century courtesan. This small restaurant has gained a good reputation, although not a Michelin Star.
It is designed with the original darkened oak panelled walls and wooden tables, which doesn't help the acoustics downstairs, so if you are sensitive to noisy restaurants then book a table upstairs.
The tables are all set just inches apart from the other guests tables.
We went for the early table, fully aware that we would have to give the table back by 9pm. Arriving slightly late we were rudely told that we had run out of time and we needed to get our order in to the kitchen! Then again at 8.45pm when we had eaten both courses and were ready to leave, we were told again, that they needed the table back even though the next guests hadn't arrived yet. A lot more diplomacy would have been nice.
We chose the Burrata which was very nice, however the green Pumpkin Seeds & Lovage topping was just pushed to the side.
Bread & Butter
Whipped Cod’s Roe on Toast
Burrata, Pumpkin Seeds & Lovage
Silver Darlings, Piccalilli & Dill Salt
Beetroot, Dorstone Goat’s Cheese, Walnut Ketchup
Devon Crab, Smoked Crème Fraîche, Dill, Pickled Rhubarb
Leeks, Smoked Hollandaise, Crispy Chicken Skin & Hazelnuts
Iberico Pork, Hispi Cabbage, Apple & Three-Cornered Garlic
Barbary Duck, Celeriac, Turnip Tops & Pickled Mustard Seeds
Cornish Pollock, Monk’s Beard, Leeks, Anchovy Butter & Mussels
Our Galician Beef Special
Chocolate Ganache, Hazelnut & Malted Milk Ice Cream
Blood Orange Curd & Crème Fraîche Sorbet, Rhubarb
Coolea, Nottingham Blue, Tunworth, Quince & Oatcakes
Off the menu - we ordered the beef, you need to get your order in quickly for this as they do run out. The Galecian beef comes highly recommended however they didn't have this and we had the Hereford beef instead. It looked incredible when it arrived, (see photo), exactly how the best beef should be served, mouthwatering and succulent. Sadly we were disappointed as it was very chewy, so we didn't manage to eat it all, (but it was greatly appreciated by our pet Pug!). Incidentally the beef is also served the same way in the restaurant Beast, in nearby 3 Chapel Place, Marylebone, however at Beast it doesn't disappoint - it tastes as incredible as it looks. It is well worth the visit to Beast restaurant.
The large square pressed potato chips were a delightful treat. And the bernaise sauce accompanying the beef was one of the best we've tried.
The Urbina Rioja 1996 red wine was wonderful too.
So all in all, the restaurant was very cramped and noisy. And sadly we were not impressed with the food. It was an averagely good meal, but seeing as the competition for good restaurants is fierce in London, we would rather go to a different restaurant next time.
We give this restaurant a 6.5 out of 10
10 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QF
Tel: 020 3302 1661