No. 11 Pimlico Road, Chelsea

I’m not quite sure how we managed it but both my cousin and I, independently, managed to go to the wrong restaurant. No.11 Pimlico Road was previously called The Ebury, and just up the road is another place called The Ebury… which I’m sure most will agree is confusing. The staff at the wrong Ebury are rude and unpleasant but I’m glad to report that at No.11 they could not be more welcoming, and we were delighted to settle (half an hour late) in the correct restaurant.

This gloriously spacious modern venue is “a reaction against the typical gastropub trend which is engulfing London”. Stylishly designed, it is the ideal destination for ladies who lunch – smart and sophisticated but relaxed. The menu follows the same concept, brief but brilliantly tempting classic dishes to suit every appetite.

Small and sharing options are available as well as sandwiches, salads and several more substantial mains. We skipped starters in favour of indulging with a larger main course: House Burger with homemade fries for me and Chicken Schnitzel with remoulade for my guest. And I couldn’t resist a Rhubarb and Apple Rum Punch to quench my thirst.

Both mains were delicious, thinking back now I can’t fault any aspect of the food. The No.11 burger was truly scrumptious: a genius idea of using two thin patties instead of one fatter version makes the ground beef extra flavoursome and juicy (I’d recommend ordering rare or medium rare). Accompanied by Montgomery mature cheddar, thick cut tomato, lettuce and red onion, with an extra helping of dry aged streaky bacon, it really is the whole package. House made fries were great too, crispy but perfectly soft inside served with tangy aioli. My guest was kind enough to let me taste the Schnitzel, which was very tasty, tender thin chicken breast coated in an addictively yummy crunchy crumb layer.

Our waiter convinced us to share a dessert, and it was the Roulade No.11 which made the cut from a selection of naughtily extravagant puddings. The homemade meringue, roast rhubarb, candied ginger and orange blossom cream work surprisingly well together, the sweet and sharp flavours balance deliciously. Needless to say it didn’t take us long to polish that plate off!

If only I lived nearer, and had nothing to do at lunchtimes, I would be eating here every day. No.11 is No.1 in my book.

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