London is renowned around the world for its many street names, and perhaps none more so than Baker Street, synonymous with the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by British author Arthur Conan Doyle.
It is only fitting then, that I should visit Kitchen at Holmes inside the Holmes Hotel, nestled in the heart of Marylebone Village, an award winning all-day Mediterranean restaurant and bar that shares its name with the famed detective.
My recent visit was to preview the new summer menu which has been lovingly prepared by Head Chef Stafano Motta and his team. And so we could sample as much of the new menu as possible, a small group of us gathered downstairs in ‘The Residence’ at Kitchen at Holmes where we were treated to an abundance of sharing plates in order for us to get a real taster of as many of the new dishes as possible.
I can tell you that the new summer à la carte menu is packed full of seasonal produce and Mediterranean influences, with a wide range of dishes to cater for pretty much all tastes.
We began our evening with some delicious fresh tahini with crushed tomatoes, served with fluffy, fresh Jerusalem pitta. This was then followed by a plate of Zucchini Fritti with Maldon sea salt and black pepper.
I love hummus and so the green hummus with broad beans falafel went down a treat, as did the Cuttlefish Croquette and tobacco mayo, which both make for a perfect starter to any meal.
Being a big fan of fish, the next two dishes hit the mark for me, namely the Prawns Tartare with Tabasco mayo and then the Scallops with burnt aubergine tahini, basil and a lovely lemon crust.
If on the other hand you are meat lover, then the Beef Carpaccio with foie gras and black truffle will leave you wanting more, and more comes in the guise of a fabulous Breaded Lamb Cutlet with crushed new potatoes, spring onion and cumin mayo.
Pasta lovers will be drooling over the zingy Courgette Spaghetti with pistachio pesto, basil and smoked ricotta, which was then followed by a superb Ricotta Ravioli with butter and black truffle.
One of the highlights for me was the Hake, served with white asparagus and saffron mussels impepata, which was then followed by our last main dish of a beautifully cooked Presca Iberica with Ajo blanco, almonds and white grape.
I should also give a mention to the wine list and two very nice wines we had with our meal. The white was a 2022 Tarapaca Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and the red, a rather nice Sicilian Nero D’Avola, both of which complimented our dishes extremely well.
By now I was almost ready to call it quits, but not before rounding off our evening with a spoon or two of something a little sweet in the form of a Bonet whipped cream, caramel, Amaretto and pistachio crumble and an Amalfi Lemon Delice.
This excellent new summer menu is well worth a trip to Marylebone Village for. Kitchen at Holmes is the perfect cosy neighbourhood restaurant and bar for a date night or catch up with friends and family in a friendly, warm and cosy atmosphere, and its open kitchen where you can watch the chefs hard at work. You can also dine al fresco on their terrace should you so wish, and when the seasons change and the evenings are a little cooler, you can keep warm and snug with fur throws, heaters and hot toddies as you watch the world go by.
Kitchen at Homes, 108 Baker Street, London. W1U 6LJ, England.
Tel: +44(0)207 958 5210
Located inside the Holmes Hotel on Baker Street in the heart of Marylebone Village with the closest Tube station being Baker Street on the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday from midday to 9:15pm.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Kitchen at Holmes