28 November, 2014
Pont St – Belgraves
A few weeks ago, Zomato UK selected me as a winner of one of their Twitter competitions. The prize was promptly sent across and included a £100 meal at Pont St, a restaurant at the boutique Belgraves Hotel near Sloane Square.
Pont St – Belgraves is overseen by Sophie Mitchell, Britain’s youngest female Executive Chef. She is also part of the team behind Gorgeous Kitchen at Heathrow Airport and makes regular TV appearances. Sophie has also been a private chef to Claudia Schiffer and Leonardo DiCaprio!
Lunch got off to a great start with some Riesling to whet the appetite.
The lunch menu at Pont St offers a considerable amount of choice and we found ourselves struggling to decide what we wanted to eat. You can find the full menu over on Zomato at https://www.zomato.com/london/pont-street-belgraves-belgravia
We started with oysters baked in parmesan and garlic.
I’m not really a fan of oysters and thought I’d order this and see if I enjoy them baked. While they tasted fine, the parmesan overpowered the flavour and made the starter quite stodgy.
The Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with hazelnut dressing and sourdough croutons was fantastic.
The hazelnut dressing complemented the creamy artichokes beautifully and was particularly enjoyable on a rainy day.
Next up was the Lobster Pasta in Bisque Sauce.
We had high hopes and were really looking forward to trying this pasta but unfortunately, it was disappointing. The pasta under cooked and there simply wasn’t enough lobster to make the dish worth £25.50.
Very rarely do I find ‘gnudi’ on the menus here and I always get excited when I see it. Gnudi are soft, melt-in-your-mouth ricotta dumplings that look a lot like gnocchi. At Pont St, the gnudi is served simply with tomato sauce, parmesan and fresh, sharp rosemary. It was delicious.
We also ordered a couple of items from the ‘sides’ for little A to eat and of course, for us to nibble on too! 😉
The steamed broccoli with hollandaise sauce was a hit, with little A in particular. He couldn’t get enough!
We couldn’t leave without dessert and I had my eyes set on the Doughnut Balls filled with salted caramel.
The salted caramel filling oozed out of the lukewarm doughnuts and while they tasted fabulous, we wondered why they weren’t served hot? The dessert is served with a bland and runny vanilla milkshake. I wasn’t a fan but little A didn’t seem to mind and was more than willing to drink it all.
It was an interesting meal. Inconsistent yet satisfying. Service was friendly and courteous, but slow. We had a fabulous time regardless. Thank you, Zomato and Pont St for a memorable family lunch!
Pont St – Belgraves
20 Chesham Pl, London SW1X 8HQ
020 3189 4850