Design aficionados will love Mayfair’s newest restaurant, which opened after the shock closure of Le Chabanais at the start of September.
Located, as the name suggests, on Mount Street – the same site as the long awaited sister restaurant of Paris’ Le Chateaubriand – the stylish interior (expect a striking brass and marble dominated ground floor and leather banquettes) prickles with an air of excitement as the attentive staff show you to your table.
Once seated, browse a superb choice of Mediterranean inspired dishes on the a la carte menu. The trick is choosing from a list a mile long – there’s no fewer than 13 starters, 14 mains and nine desserts, many of them suitable for vegetarians.
Starters of Beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with pistachios and orange and Quinoa salad with warm confit of duck, clementine’s and dried fruit were light and vibrant. From the mains, the Lobster linguini was a delight while the generously sized Wild mushroom rigatoni was akin to comfort food heaven.
Likewise Haute Living had no complaints about the desserts – an Iced honey parfait, with roast figs presented the perfect balance between sweet and smoky flavours, while the Chocolate and raspberry delice hit the right spot.
To drink, there’s an extensive wine list, including a wide choice of white Burgundy, natural wines and grower Champagnes.
Service is slow but not hostile making 8 Mount Street a great place for a long, lingering lunch or dinner – with the intimate private dining room and decadent downstairs bar only adding to the venue’s appeal.
All told, if you’re in the mood for some fabulous Mediterranean flavours in a stunning setting, head here. Hugely recommended.