Lavish decor, a grand dining hall and sophisticated, vibrant food are just a few of the many great qualities The Gilbert Scott can boast of. I enjoyed a lovely evening here recently, including a kitchen tour and a contemporary English meal, at the restaurant in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
It was great to have a peak at what goes on behind the scenes as the chefs were cooking up a feast. The kitchen was much larger than I expected and beautifully organised. Surprisingly calm for a restaurant of that size, but we did catch them just before the rush of dinner time diners had arrived.
What I ate:
- Wild garlic soup
- Salt baked beetroot, labneh, walnut, basil
- Spring vegetable risotto
- Chocolate crémeux , orange sherbet
We started with a wild garlic soup which was cool, delicious and fresh, also my fave dish of the meal. I LOVE wild garlic season and I’m always pleased to see it make an appearance on spring menus. The beetroot starter was vibrant and rich, I particularly enjoyed the thick labneh and the walnuts added a pleasant crunch. The purple colour really popped and the green basil added a bright touch of spring.
Surprise surprise, risotto was the only veggie choice for the main course. Every vegetarian will know the feeling of disappointment when they read risotto or a goats cheese tart on a restaurant set menu. Here we go again. Honestly, we can eat a lot more and appreciate a lot more variety! Nonetheless, I enjoyed the other dishes and they did not disappoint.
Sadly the main course of spring vegetable risotto was disappointing, it lacked that oomph I was expecting when my eyes first caught a glance at the rich green colour. I’ve also had seasonal spring risottos as part of set menus recently at M in Victoria and Le Bab in Carnaby, both of which were bursting with flavour so my expectations for spring risotto were already pretty high.
The chocolate dessert was heavenly, beautifully complimented with the orange sorbet. It was just enough to satisfy the sweet tooth and a pleasant ending to the meal.
I’d recommend dining at The Gilbert Scott for a special occasion to enjoy the sophisticated setting and fresh, fulfilling food. The kitchen tour, kind staff and a fun group dinner with friends made it a lovely evening!
Location: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Price: £30 for the set menu