Neighbourhood restaurant in Pimlico
No. 11 Pimlico Road is a contemporary neighbourhood restaurant in Pimlico. It’s part of the Darwin & Wallace collection, which also includes Nº29 Power Station West and Nº197 Chiswick fire station. They’ve all got that signature sophisticated and chic, yet welcoming feel. No. 11 Pimlico Road is no different.
It was pretty buzzy inside on the Sunday we visited, with families and get togethers over Sunday roasts. It made that lovely local, independent feel radiate even more through the atmosphere. It felt really homely and welcoming, relaxed and cosy. We had a very warm welcome by the team, with the friendly and efficient service continuing through our meal. We started to see why it would be a locals favourite, even before ordering the drinks and food.
The drinks menu has an extensive list of white & red wine options, as well as sparkling, rose, pudding wine and port. This is alongside a pretty lengthy cocktail list, which some great autumnal options.
The Blood Orange Negroni (£9) was a fabulous twist on the classic. A combination of Beefeater Blood Orange gin, campari & Cocchi di Torino, it’s a very smooth drink, with the orange flavours coming through.
The Raspberry Shiso (£11) was pretty light in flavour, but fruity and very refreshing. With fresh raspberries and shiso leaf, FAIR pomegranate liqueur, Tanqueray Export, a dash of aperol & ginger apple sugar, it comes as a tall drink, and is perfect for those with a sweeter tooth.
The Grapefruit Rickey (£10.50) was another great choice. Consisting of Tanqueray Export, Velvet Falernum, grapefruit bitters, fresh lime & tonic, it’s a lot like a G&T but with a slightly bitter grapefruit edge. It comes in a large copa glass and wasn’t overpowering in flavour or sweetness.
The Pineapple Daiquiri (£10) is a great way to end the meal, especially if you don’t have space for dessert. With fresh pineapple, house pineapple sugar, Pampero Blanco rum, fresh lime & shiso leaf, it was super juicy, potent and very sweet. A delicious tropical number.
The new Autumn menu at No.11 Pimlico Road has plenty going for it with a good variety of dishes across starters and mains. We started with the Slow Cooked Beef Tacos with pickled wonky cucumber, blue cheese, spring onion & chilli (£7.95) and the Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Skewers with pickled jalapeño, cucumber, mixed leaf & gochujang dressing (£8.95). Both dishes were on the large side for starters.
The Buttermilk Chicken Skewers themselves were a touch over done but the flavours in the fresh salad and dressing, and the soft flatbread made it one delicious dish. The Slow Cooked Beef Tacos definitely won on the starter front though – the pulled beef was soft, juicy and rich, and there was plenty on each taco. We were impressed with the flavours that were complimented by the tangy pickled cucumber and just a touch of creamy blue cheese. You do get messy, but it’s well worth it.
On to the mains, and these impressed even more! The Wild Mushroom Gnocchi with roast squash, tarragon, crème fraîche, parmesan & truffle oil (£13.95) was seriously dreamy. Very deep in flavour, not overpowered by the truffle though, it was very creamy and absolutely delightful. The mushroom and butternut squash were cooked beautifully, as was the gnocchi – providing plenty of great textures.
The Roast Chicken, Mushroom & Tarragon Pie with puff pastry & mixed leaf (£14.50) was another fantastic main. The puff pastry was flaky and just on the top of the pie meaning the filling to pastry ratio was great. The filling itself had a great flavour, with the umami from the mushroom and tarragon coming together so well. It was a tad runny at first but thickened up as we made our way through it.
The skin on fries with paprika aioli (£4) were a fantastic side. They were pretty salty which is how we like them, with a great fluffy middle. Plus that smoky aioli was delicious.
The Garlic Greens (£4.50) were a little more cooked than a la dente, and had plenty of garlic to them without spoiling the taste of the actual vegetable. Definitely a must order to have alongside any meal.
We did eye up the dessert menu. The Coconut & Oat Milk Panna Cotta and the Apple, Blackberry & Plum Crumble nearly had us, but we were just a little too full from starters and mains.
We had such a fantastic evening at this wonderful neighbourhood restaurant in Pimlico. The srvice was so friendly and welcoming, as was the whole atmosphere and experience. The cocktails were fantastic, as was the food. We could easily see why it would be a local’s favourite neighbourhood spot, and it is definitely a spot to have on your list!
East London Girl: No 11 Pimlico Road
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