Final weekend, I headed west for lunch at LIV Belgravia, a wonderful new all-day restaurant simply off Pimlico Street. I usually overlook simply how fairly this neighbourhood is, with its Saturday Farmers’ Market, designer shops and lovely mews homes – and LIV actually suits proper in!
That is the primary British restaurant from Australian Chef Damien Monley, who beforehand owned Sydney’s widespread Flat White Cafe and Madam Char Char. Pleasant and energetic, Damien got here to talk with every desk throughout my go to and emphasised his intention to supply beneficiant, healthily-prepared dishes.
The restaurant has an elegant but unpretentious really feel with a lot of pure daylight, marble tables, uplifting yellow seating and a tasteful artwork assortment with items by Henry Moore and Alexander Calder. In contrast to a few of London’s extra boisterous, nosy eating places, LIV is notably relaxed and simply the form of place you’d prefer to spend a couple of hours.
Lunch began on a excessive as we shared the tempting Roast hen salad with corn, gem lettuce, crispy potatoes and hen crackling. This was an indulgent, moreish salad with very prime quality pulled hen breast and I liked the creamy corn crush and the buttery roasties.
17-hour Wagyu beef, Japanese salad and wafu dressing was one other hit. The wealthy Wagyu beef merely melted within the mouth and was contrasted properly with crunchy fried onions, crisp salad leaves and an fragrant, zesty dressing with zesty lime, coriander and maybe pomelo.
We have been additionally eager to strive the King prawn omelette with Thai basil, Asian slaw, candy soy, ginger shallot and sriracha. This omelette was unbelievably velvety and souffléd with loads of cream and a beneficiant quantity of plump king prawns tucked inside. The Asian slaw was the right accompaniment, bringing a contact of candy sesame and punchiness from the sriracha.
The star dish, nonetheless, needed to be the large Roast crispy pork sandwich with sweetcorn, rocket, apple, aioli and plum chutney. Thick slices of herby, succulent pork stomach and puffed crackling have been packed between slices of toasted sourdough with extra of that yummy sweetcorn, tiny shards of inexperienced apple, flavourful aioli and wonderful caramelised onion jam (though I didn’t fairly detect the plum chutney).
For dessert, we went for the Aussie brunch-inspired Ricotta hotcakes with cinnamon butter, berries, seeds and natural maple. They have been ever so gentle and fluffy and the toppings gave that further contact of indulgence.
The cake of the day was a hefty, decadent Chocolate brownie served with a quenelle of vanilla cream. It had a dense, gooey centre and a cake-like crust and was undoubtedly sufficiently big to share.
We have been additionally actually impressed with the Home-made scone with clotted cream and jam. It was buttery and golden with scrumptious accompaniments and excellent worth at solely £3.50.
The one let-down was the Freshly-squeezed orange juice, which was weak and frothy with added banana quite than the strong, candy juice I used to be anticipating. Nonetheless, the Recent mint tea greater than made up for it and the free Japanese charcoal filtered water was a pleasant contact.
LIV Belgravia could also be image good, however it balances model with substance and the cooking is severely subsequent degree. It’s positive to develop into a giant hit with the Chelsea brunch crowd and with a artistic dinner service arriving later within the autumn, it’s set to be the neighbourhood restaurant that has all of it.
For extra data and reserving, go to: www.livrestaurant.co.uk
Chérie Metropolis was a visitor of LIV Belgravia
Meals photos by Chérie Metropolis and interiors by LIV Belgravia