On to dessert, which was Pumpkin Custard, Maple Syrup, Passion Fruit. I had been hoping to try the famous custard tart that Marcus made for the Queen, but this was only available on the lunch menu, and wasn’t far off of what I had here in front of me. The pumpkin worked so very well and it was a delightful dessert, the perfect balance with the acidity of the passion fruit and the sweetness of maple syrup. The pastry was crisp and the custard was light with a perfect set. They clearly know how to make an impeccable custard tart, a skill I would like to achieve myself.
Toffee, Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate Nougat. This was good, nothing to overly blow my mind and to be honest by this time I was just so very full that I actually could not even sample my petit fours or drink more than a sip of my espresso.
Service was absolutely flawless and the whole dining room worked with precision. There was a good relaxed yet formal ambience.
Marcus was not around on my visit but I did meet with Mark Froydenlund, Head Chef.
No food photos sadly, as my DSLR was not working, and the images from my phone are not good enough to use here. It just gives me an excuse to return another time – perhaps for lunch to try the original custard tart.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Brusquières, 2010
Riesling “Loiserberg”, Weszeli, 2013
Favourite Dish: The pigeon tartare was exceptional.
Menu to take home:Yes.
Meal for two, including wine, water and service:£450
Final Thought: Amazing. I loved it here, the food is just delicious, very good plates, well executed with a lot of flavour going into them, allowing those beautiful ingredients to really sing.
Address:The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London, SW1X 7RL
Telephone: + 44 (0) 20 7235 1200
Hours:Monday – Saturday (including bank holidays)
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm