Tuesday, 9 December 2014

64 DEGREES, LONDON

64 Degrees is situated on the ground floor of the Artist Residence Boutique Hotel - the second branch to be opened after the success of the original 64 Degrees in Brighton which opened in 2013.  
Created by chef owner Michael Bremner, the philosophy is that the food rules, the kitchen is the heart of the restaurant, the chefs are its lifeblood and centre of all the action.
There is an open plan kitchen with counter seats, which are usually some of the best seats, where all the fun happens. A slightly larger dining space than the Brighton site, they also offer booth seating and traditional style table service.
The interior, like many restaurants these days, is very industrial looking, with exposed brick walls, and plenty of metal and wooden surfaces and fixtures.

We ordered a carafe of wine to share whilst we perused the menu, which consisted of three categories: Meat, Fish, and Veg - each with four different selections. I love sharing plate menus which are not too extensive, as it means that I am able to order most of the dishes on the menu without feeling like I have to miss out on too many other dishes... 


We were served some ceviche of whiting with thin slices of apple to whet our appetite, before our orders arrived.


From the Fish category, we ordered a couple of oysters which was served with a lemon and Tabasco granita, which was tangy and refreshing. The lobster gyozas were deep-fried until the skin was nice and crisp, but there wasn't really much flavour in the meat. I think we would have both preferred them to be pan-fried so that we may still be able to taste the subtle flavours of the lobster.
The scallops was one of my favourite dishes - nicely seared and served with a delicious piece of black pudding on the side. I am not usually a fan of black pudding, but I do love one if it is made well, like this one. A nice balance of sweet and savoury flavours.

| Lindisfarne oysters, lemon, Tabasco |


| Lobster gyoza, ponzu |


| Scallops, cherry, raisin, black pudding |


For our meat dishes, we had the pheasant, lamb and chicken wings. The pheasant, served two ways, was delicious, with really nice flavours and textures. The lamb was perfectly cooked - juicy and tender, with a nice shade of pink. We both however were not fans of the quince, which was slightly too sharp and sour for our tastes. With the exception of the quince on the side, the lamb dish was also one of my favourites. The sound of the chicken wings with blue cheese AND kimchi intrigued us, and was actually quite tasty.

| Pheasant, celeriac, sprouts |


| Lamb rump, quince, sea beet |


| Chicken wings, blue cheese, kimchi |


I initially didn't know what Knodel was, so I was intrigued to try it, which was also highly recommended by our lovely waitress, Chloe. There are apparently different variations of them, and these were made from potatoes, which were light and fluffy, and kind of tasted like tater tots. I was having a bit of craving for some carbs, so I did enjoy this dish. The chargrilled cabbage which had a slight hint of bitterness was tasty, and went well with the smoked butter.
The duck egg was definitely a winner for both of us. The duck egg was still slightly gooey on the inside and dribbled out onto the bed of delicious mushrooms. The potato espuma, or foam, was really smooth and creamy and had us wanting more. 
| Knodel, cabbage, smoked butter |


| Duck egg, wild mushrooms, potato espuma |


After we had finished our main meal, we requested to have our desserts in The Lounge. There was a private dinner being held downstairs, but they had conveniently started moving into the private dining room, so that we had the whole lounge to ourselves, right next to the warm fireplace. 



 

For dessert, I had the brownie with chocolate which was served in a cute red cup, whilst Viv had the banana, malt, miso dessert. Both were good, and Viv who particularly liked hers felt that it was one of her favourites, alongside the duck egg dish.
Wine, desserts, and an empty lounge all to ourselves on a Saturday evening, now this is definitely my idea of a perfect evening. 
Overall, it was a really pleasant experience and a place that I would return to again.

For those looking for a place to have a drink, there is also the bar, 64° Below, where you can enjoy some cocktails, beers, and freshly prepared bar dishes.
And, if you happen to be visiting from outside of London, you may also like to consider booking a room in this boutique hotel which has just 10 bedrooms, with two suites and eight individually designed 'House Rooms'.

The Cheekster, signing out x

Address: 64 Degrees, 52 Cambridge Street, London, SW1V 4QQ
Tel. No.: 0203 262 0501


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