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Dinner with 5-star simplicity at May Fair Kitchen.

by Rajul on September 4, 2014

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The restaurant at the 5-star May Fair, May Fair Kitchen, follows a philosophy of carefully-sourced food and simple recipes based on relationships with quality suppliers. They track their food from farm (or sea) to plate, down to the smallest details such as salt and pepper. I went with a companion there for dinner, where the open kitchen allows you to watch your meal being created in front of you.

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The simple approach to food was somewhat of an unexpected treat in Mayfair, where it’s so common for everything to be over-elaborate and showy that it’s now expected. Before the meal even began, the restaurant was living up to its philosophy of quality in simplicity, with fresh bread accompanied by real butter to start off the evening.

In our main course choices we took advantage of the restaurant’s long-established relationship with their fishmonger, James Knight of Mayfair, who have been supplying restaurants for over a decade.

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The menu lists the origin of the main ingredients for each dish, so we knew our hand-dived scallops and whole lemon sole were sourced from Loch Crinan in the West of Scotland and the North-East Atlantic, respectively.

With sides of chips, colcannon potatoes, lobster mash and a dressed green salad (vegetables come from Watts farm in Essex, Kent and Bedfordshire), our food tasted as fresh as it looked.

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Although we chose a seafood experience, the menu also told us that the Kitchen’s meat is provided by Alden’s, a family butcher with over 200 years of experience. You could be in a butcher’s for the range on offer, from grass-fed, 28-day aged, single-rib steak to chargrilled lamb cutlets and 12-hour braised pork cheeks. The vegetarian menu is slightly less expansive in comparison to the meat and seafood, but many of the sides are suitable for vegetarians too. Plus, with a number of sauces to choose from and three different types of butter, the menu might be simple but it isn’t limited.

On top of the beautifully simple food, the service was excellent throughout the meal. If you’re going to do something simply, you have to do it meticulously well. The May Fair Kitchen does simple with 5-star flair.

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Photo credits: The May Fair, LHI blogger Rajul.

Disclosure: we paid our own way at May Fair Kitchen and reviewed anonymously.

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