Brasserie in Mayfair
Moncks of Dover Street is a gorgeous new brasserie in Mayfair. The brasserie runs quite far back from the street, starting inside and going out into the light-filled atrium at the back, overlooking a garden. It’s light, bright and stunning. The art deco interior gives off a feel of being edgy with sophisticated style. It’s elegant yet a little eccentric.
The atmopshere is very relaxed and pretty quiet, whilst the service is another level. It was attentive, friendly and chatty, with passion shining and plenty of recommendations for us. Our waiter Juan did everything possible to make our visit enjoyable, as did he for the other tables too! It made the whole evening one impressive dining experience.
Moncks of Dover Street has a pretty extensive wine list, as well as several cocktails, beers and numerous spirits. There are of course soft drinks too.
The King’s Negroni (£11.50) was one fantastic, smooth version. With Plymouth gin, king’s ginger liqueur, martini rosso vermouth, it had a slightly bitter edge from the ginger, but was absolutely delicious.
The Miller’s Gin & Grapefruit (£12) was a great G&T too. A fab size, refreshing and very tasty. Both of which were perfect choices to start the meal. We also tried a glass of Sauternes, Clos Abeilley (£8), a sweet wine to finish our meal. It was a beautiful, smooth and very sweet vino which satisfied that sweet tooth well. An absolutely delicious way to finish the evening.
Moncks is open all-day every day offering a contemporary European brasserie menu. The main menu for all-day dining is diverse and varied, from Tuna carpaccio and Truffled asparagus through to The Butcher’s Burger, Grass-fed beef fillet and Dover sole meunière. There are a number of options for starters, mains, nibbles and desserts. These include a handful of veggie options, and a couple of vegan ones including watercress soup and baked artichoke.
The Small Bites
Starting small to save space for the main event we opted for a couple of small bites as starters. They were the perfect size to get things going, not too filling and were great for sharing. The spiced cauliflower fritters with yoghurt dip (£5.50) were beautifully spiced, light and fluffy. They were seriously tasty, with a great texture. The yoghurt dip which accompanied the bites was made with lemon and coriander which complimented the spices oh so well.
The Smoked mackerel pate with capers and toasted sourdough (£6.50) went well as a second small bite for sharing. The mackerel pate wasn’t too strong in flavour. It was beautifully soft, yet not a creamy as meat pate but certainly just as delicious. It was great with the toast – there could have been a little more of this to go with as we did find the pate lasted longer than the sourdough.
The mains were a great size too. The fish of the day when we visited was a sea bream available in a few different weights (£27, 450g). The team (well, Juan) even offered to remove the bones (as much as he could) for us. We had never been given this option before, which we thought was fantastic.
The sea bream itself was light and tasty, cooked so well. 450g was the perfect size alongside some chips too. Talking of the chips (£3.75), these were more fries than a chunky chip. They were crisp and salty, which is just how we like them! Perfect accompaniment!
The Baked Quinoa Falafel (£11.50) with roasted aubergine, seasonal leaves, soya and tahini dressing was one very good veggie option. We had never had sesame and quinoa falafel before – they were soft, fell apart easily yet weren’t dry like a normal falafel. They were tasty, and great with the beautifully grilled aubergine and salad. We opted to add halloumi too (£4.50) because we just couldn’t resist. It was cooked so well and added an extra meatiness to the dish. It was a fantastic warm salad style dish with great flavours and textures!
With just enough space to share a dessert, alongside our sweet wine of course, we went for Juan’s favourite; the Chocolate Fondant with vanilla ice cream (£10.50). We are so glad we made space to try this delightful number. It was very chocolate-y as you can expect, but not too rich. It had an awesome melting middle centre inside. We could easily see why it was a fave, and would highly recommend this is how you finish a meal at Moncks of Dover Street!
What an evening at Moncks of Dover Street, a gorgeous brasserie in Mayfair. The service is incredible, the food seriously delicious and some great drinks too. It’s also very reasonably priced for Mayfair. A gorgeous, contemporary, relaxed atmosphere makes it a great spot for a chilled, stylish dinner. We’ve been recommending the spot to everyone – we were told you can also call and ask to be seated to be served by Juan.
East London Girl: Moncks Brasserie
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