Wild Honey, Mayfair

Wild Honey is a discreet and civilised restaurant in Mayfair, one of a trio of eateries that includes Artbitus and Les Deux Salons. Praised for their exquisite food but unpretentious atmosphere, these venues present Michelin-starred cuisine in the most enjoyable of settings.

Moments away from Bond Street and Oxford Street, this restaurant is the ideal location for fashionistas on their lunch break or for post-theatre meals. The dining room is comfortable and cosy, with just hushed chatter as accompaniment to your meal. With an obvious nod towards French cuisine, the menu is sophisticated but simple. Prices are reasonable too.

We chose Pork Belly – with fresh white beans, apricots and xo sauce – and Sicilian courgette veloute, crushed tomatoes and goat’s curd. The pork was light and perfectly seasoned for summer with the sweet apricots and salty xo sauce. I was disappointed to discover my courgette veloute was cold, but cannot deny the subtle and delicious flavour.

Mains were richer: Rose Limousin veal with wilted greens, padron peppers and buckwheat; and a wonderful grilled piece of beef with sweet como peppers, artichokes and young chard. The plates looked lovely, not too big with an attractive assortment of colours and thankfully few carbohydrates so the food remained summer-suitable. The beef was particularly tasty, with a soft and juicy texture and topped with an addictively salty aromatic jus.

Desserts were the highlight for me – hot raspberry soufflĂ© with lemon thyme ice-cream was perfectly cooked, the best soufflĂ© I’ve had in a while. Wild Honey ice-cream with honeycomb seemed like a fitting choice and it did not disappoint, a delightful contrast of textures.

I couldn’t resist trying a cocktail from the exemplary list to complete the meal. The ‘Wild Honey Martini’ signature cocktail is made with 42 Below Honey vodka, chamomile tea and wild Pyrenean mountain honey – it is less sweet than you’d think and instead has a lovely floral taste.

Wild Honey is a restaurant for all occasions and is particularly brilliant for those desiring Michelin star food without the stiflingly smart etiquette.

More information here: www.wildhoneyrestaurant.co.uk

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