A short walk away from Bayswater station and Hyde Park lies one of London’s most exclusive 5 star hotels, The Hempel. The alluring exterior Georgian architecture invites you into a reception area that is nothing short of sophistication and minimalistic Zen style. The Hempel is famous for its minimalistic design as a boutique hotel as well as for its No. 35 Restaurant. Whether you are staying at The Hempel whilst visiting London or looking for the ultimate dining experience, then treat yourself (and someone special) to an evening at the No. 35 Restaurant.
The seasonal menu offers the very best of British cuisine, presented as individual masterpieces and absolute taste sensations with every bite. The service is good; with friendly staff, who are knowledgeable about each dish on the menu and will advise on the best wine to compliment your meal.
The restaurant offers a tasting menu or an a la carte menu, of which both are very appealing. We chose the a la carte menu for our romantic dinner. The restaurant wasn’t very busy when we went, however booking is essential as it is known to fill up with guests leading up to the weekend. The food and wine leans on the expensive side, however you are guaranteed your value for money, with sensational food of very high standard and superb venue.
Our highlight from the a la carte menu was the amuse bouche of pumpkin puree on a bed of Stilton and walnuts. This was delicious, and full of flavour.
A recommended starter is the honey glazed British middle white pork belly with poached apple, cider jelly and mustard dressing the combination of flavours and tender pork cut left was a teaser of what our next course would be. Another light and delicate starter is the lobster ravioli.
For the main course we had the rump of organic rhug estate lamb with Swiss chard, pumpkin purees and lamb boulangere potato. The quality of the lamb was without a doubt a fine cut and paired exceptionally well with the pumpkin puree. The braised blade of organic Angus beef with Lincolnshire pink onions, cepts and truffle gnocchi was exquisite and the flavours not overpowering.
We indulged our taste buds for dessert with the cheese board and warm chocolate pudding accompanied by pistachio parfait and grue de cacao. The cheese selection was a combination of British and French cheeses; however the slices were very small. The chocolate pudding was rich and decadent, and both desserts finished off a very a pleasant and memorable evening.
All in all, the Hempel Hotel itself is a gorgeous hidden treasure in London. The No. 35 Restaurant was relaxing, comfortable and whilst pricey, it was very much worth it as the dishes were carefully selected with complimentary flavours that excite the palette.