Restaurant in Baker Street
Kitchen at Holmes is a restaurant in Baker Street offering all day dining inspired by seasonal produce. The bar area as you enter has a sophisticated yet homely feel (no pun intended!) with DJs playing background music. We started off our evening with cocktails on the sofa!
The cocktail menu is fairly limited but you can ask the bar staff to make one of their own creations or one of your favourites. We were drawn to the Sherlock’s Pipe (aptly named after Mr Holmes himself) served with Talisker, Campari, Johnny Walker Black, Smoked Vermouth and Pimento Dram (£13). It is served in a theatrical way with a dome revealing hazes of smoke! This eventually leave the pipe for you to drink out of!
We also tried the KT time (£12) served with Beefeater Gin, St Germain, Plum Bitters, Hibiscus Syrup and Cranberry and Lime Juice. This is a herbal and fruity cocktail blending hibiscus and elderflower. This was a lighter and fresher option compare to the Sherlock’s Pipe but both made for a good aperitif before dinner.
If you don’t fancy a formal sit down dinner, the bar offers a selection of smaller plates including Jerusalem Pitta, vegetable crudities and zucchini. We tried the Jamon Croquettes with aloli and nutmeg (£8) and the Aubergine Tempura (£7) with yoghurt and dukkha.
Both of these small plates were delightful. The croquettes had a creamy filling and the aloli and nutmeg was a great accompaniment. The aubergine was lightly fried and the yoghurt and dukkha made the flavours really stand out. Note: the picture below is not the full portion size!
You walk through from the bar area to the main dining area which features an open kitchen where guests can witness the creations being prepared. The menu focuses on the best seasonal produce and delivering dishes with international influences. It is designed to be shared with an array of small and large dishes to choose from. Sometimes menus this big and varied can be confusing but the concept was explained to us and we were given recommendations. It was also handly categorised into different sections which focused the various offerings.
The dinner menu is split into raw, aged and smoked, stirfry, pan or roasted, grill and sides. From the Fritti section we had the Chipirones (baby squid) with lime mayo (£9). I actually prefer larger calamari but it was still tasty. We also opted for the Ibérico Bellota 5 J Pan de cristal with tomato bread (£ 16) from the aged and smoked section. It sure was mourish!
From the pan or roasted section we were recommended the buffalo ricotta ravioli with black truffle (£19). No wonder this was a recommendation as it was one of the best pasta dishes I have tasted. The ricotta was SO fresh, the ravioli was slightly al dente and the black truffle just completed the dish. A really solid choice.
From the grill section we had the wagyu rump steak 180 g (£16) served with a side of chips (£4). This might sound strange but I’m not actually sure I’m a huge fan of wagyu as it has a slightly different taste and texture to it. We also had it cooked medium and perhaps should have gone for medium rare. Whilst it was still tasty, the pasta was the winning dish. The chips were a very large portion and crispy and fluffy inside.
Our dishes were paired with a glass of Trimbach Riesling (French) and a glass of Terre Nobili Cariglio (Italian) from the sommelier.
We just about had enough room for dessert mainly because we couldn’t resist the Chocolate Orange Fiesta served with yoghurt ice cream (£7). Served almost like a fondant, it had a subtle orange taste and the yoghurt ice cream topped it off.
Kitchen at Holmes is a great bar and restaurant in Baker Street offering an eclectic menu in comfortable surroundings. Given the area and the quality of the food, the menu is reasonably priced. We were also impressed with the service which was great from the beginning. Definitely grab a couple of cocktails at the bar and have an enjoyable dinner!
East London Girl: Kitchen at Holmes
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