Not usually one to venture to Mayfair, it was time I dined at my first Michelin restaurant since moving to London and Wild Honey was the restaurant of choice.
Awarded a Michelin star for its Modern twist on both British and French cuisine, Wild Honey is Will Smith’s and Anthony Demetre’s second restaurant – with Arbutus being their first restaurant venture.
We decided to order from the set tasting menu for £49 for 5 courses. I’ve been told that the price may have risen to £69 and this was just an online promotion at the time of dining.
The first dish of the menu was warm squash veloute which had a beautiful rich, creamy texture balanced perfectly with the poached egg. The pink grapefruit jam was a tad more subtle which allowed the dish to not taste overly sweet.
A simple yet stunning dish that was lapped up with the remainder of the bread.
Aesthetically pleasing, the next dish of Sicilian burrata served with pears and candied walnuts went down a treat.
I’m not usually a huge lover of pears but this dish convinced me otherwise, highlighed the importance of simple yet fresh flavours. It was my favourite dish of the evening.
Third course arrived swiftly after the second and this time we were presented with smoked eel served with mango chutney, kholrabi and pickled mushrooms.
The eel was smoked beautifully, cooked to perfection and the balance of flavours from tart and tangy from the pickled mushrooms to sweet from the mango chutney, were a great accompaniment to the slightly salty, oily eel.
Disappointingly, my least favourite dish of the evening was the lamb serviced with crushed broccoli and sheep’s curd.
The dishes previous, were exciting and had flavours I would never have thought to put together. This however, was unmemorable.
The dessert of blackberry panna cotta with granola and meringue, had mixed opinions on the table. Unless you’re a huge fan of blackberry, the tart taste may not be for you but personally, I love blackberries and loved the sharp notes.
Wild Honey was my first Michelin starred experience, and a pleasant evening but was not without its faults. Overall however, the food was simple yet delightful without the need to be overly inventive with an attentive, friendly service to match. For £49 the taster menu was greatly priced and if you do see the offer online, it’s one that shouldn’t be passed up as you’ll struggle to find a decent Michelin experience for any less.
– Wild Honey, Mayfair