Fine dining from a chef par excellence
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Modern European
Address : The Westbury Hotel , 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London , W1S 2YF, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.alynwilliams.com
Opening Times : Tue-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-10.30pm
Closest Tube : Bond Street, Oxford Street
Alyn Williams has arrived. After earning the trust and approbation of star chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Angela Hartnett and Marcus Wareing, Mr Williams has proved with his hard-won talent that he's more than equal to the job of running a wildly successful restaurant all by his lonesome. Since opening Alyn Williams at the Westbury in Autumn 2011, he has moved from strength to strength, securing a Michelin star before winning the accolade of National Chef of the Year 2012 from the Craft Guild of Chefs. However, all pomp and pageantry aside, to dine at Alyn Williams at The Westbury is to witness a world-class chef at the top of his game. Our experience there easily matched our expectations. In fact, it surpassed them.
Upon entering the dining room one is immediately struck by its quiet elegance. It imparts the traditional glamour of fine dining without any fussiness or stuffiness. A well-armed cheese cart navigates the floor, with a small bar in the centre breaking up the uniformity. Details such as comfy curvilinear velvet chairs and rosewood pillars bestow the room with an air of privacy. For extra exclusivity, there are two amazing fine dining rooms including the Wine Salon, where guests are invited to select a bottle from which Alyn will create a totally bespoke menu for the group.
We opted for the seven-course tasting menu and were duly rewarded. Of everything sampled, the scallop and nori tartlet with an oyster and langoustine beautifully presented in a dill granita with miniature cucumber ice balls. Cornish halibut with celeriac, onion, truffle and jus was deliriously rich. Chicken leg was given a Japanese inflection with an umami-rich mushroom broth and maitake. Finally, squab pigeon with beetroot, ketchup and grapes was a delicious homage to the British countryside. We wrapped up the meal with a stacked cheese platter and Alyn's signature version of the walnut whip, before touring the kitchens with the man himself - who, we must add, is exceptionally charming.