Stranded in Mayfair? If you find yourself in this less than distressing predicament, you may wish to do what we did recently and pop in to the Terrace Bar at the Chesterfield Mayfair for some sophisticated bar food.
We’re not talking here about dodgy pork scratchings or a ham sandwich.
It’s proper food designed for sharing in platters. We went for the four plate deal at £18 (four for the price of three). Having negotiated the tricky choice of what to eat – the Bouchard Finlayson wine was easy to pick with the help of the friendly sommelier – we were soon licking our lips in anticipation.
We started with little stacks of goat’s cheese with red onion jam, which complemented each other perfectly. The sweetness of the red onion jam with the creamy goat’s cheese was wonderful.
We then moved onto Peking duck pancakes with hoi sin sauce. The duck was succulent and handily pre-wrapped, though you definitely need a napkin to stop the hoi sin sauce from dripping! My companion managed to squirt it over her (and my) trousers. But that’s half the fun of finger food!
Next up were the spicy chorizo sausage and chicken skewers: another well-balanced blend where the spice of the chorizo met the chicken really well.
And then we finished up with our favourite. Ultra-delicate Cornish crab cakes with sweet pepper crostini; the infusion of the flakey crab with sweet pepper felt wonderful in your mouth. It was light and full of flavour.
The Terrace Bar also has an extensive drinks menu which covers everything from signature cocktails to whiskeys such as Balvenie Portwood which has been matured for 21 years. Overall, it was sophisticated comfort food: thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. Recommended when you want to eat well without the hassle of a restaurant!
Photo credits: London Hotels Insight blogger Rajul.