The opening of Dabbous may have caught many of the headlines last year, but in our opinion the true star that opened it’s doors in 2012 is Alyn Williams. Alyn Williams is one of those special restaurants that you want to go to with people you’d like to impress and love spending time with.
The restaurant is located in the beautiful Westbury hotel (the hotel recently added Brasserie Chavot to its culinary stable) in the plush surroundings of New Bond Street. The decoration is best described as understated, but sumptuously decadent. It is not quite as over the top as for instance two star Sketch (located a few minutes away) and more comparable to the interior of for instance Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel.
We decided to chose Alyn Williams as our ‘Valentines date’ restaurant this year, but didn’t go on Valentines day itself and so missed the special Valentines tasting menu (which the restaurant was offering on Valentines day). Instead we opted for the tasting menu which consisted of:
- Amuse bouche of cheese choux pastry puffs (9.5/10) – much better than in Alain Ducasse
- Crab, pot au feu, milk and celery crisp (9/10)
- Orkney scallop, cuttlefish, mint and caraway (9/10)
- Marinated quail, smoked egg, baked potato and pickled red cabbage (8.5/10)
- Cod, coco beans, pastis and winter truffle (9.5/10)
- Devon ruby red sirloin, boulangere, turnip, pied de mouton and scurvy grass (9.5/10)
- 50 day aged middle white pork, quince, chicory, parsnip and liquorice (9.5/10)
- Cornish cheesecake, Clementine and honeycomb (9/10)
- Acorn crème Catalan, pear, pine and winter truffle tuile (9/10)
- Cheese platter
All the dishes worked very well and more than delivered on taste. The execution was exemplary, but that should not have been a surprise given Alyn Williams‘ extensive resume. In addition the service was a real plus point. All the staff were very pleasant and very attentive. All the elements are there for restaurant Alyn Williams to get further critical acclaim and grow into one of the top dining destinations of London.
Restaurant Alyn Williams has recently been awarded a Michelin star on the back of some very positive critical acclaim and based on the meal we’ve had we couldn’t agree more (in fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if it will add some more stars to its name in the near future).
The total bill at Alyn Williams came to £190 (including service charge, 2 glasses of wine, 2 bottles of water and extra cheese board).
Food rating for Alyn Williams: 9.5/10
Service rating for Alyn Williams: 10/10
Overall rating for Alyn Williams: 9/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)