Uzbeki inspired fine dining
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Pan-Asian
Address : 14-15 Beauchamp Place , Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1NG, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.oshrestaurant.com
Opening Times : Mon-Fri: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-12am
Closest Tube : Knightsbridge
Beauchamp Place, just around the corner from Knightsbridge, is one of London‘s loveliest thoroughfares, dripping in Georgian elegance. We‘ve seen a lot of top-shelf restaurants open there over the years, but none quite as confident as Osh. The restaurant has updated central Asian cuisine for the neighbourhood‘s discerning, demanding palates. Drawing inspiration from Uzbek cooking, Osh refines central Asian cuisine to show the capital just how good it can get.
The setting is opulence in motion. Situated in the site that formerly housed Nozomi, it‘s replete with intricate forged-iron and crystal chandeliers, hanging greenery, natural light and eye-popping murals in primary colours. Taken together, it‘s very much fit for a pasha. There‘s a walk-in bar on the ground floor, an open plan kitchen on the first, and a main room bathed in natural light with a large table for big groups. On the top floor you‘ll find a VIP bar that accommodates up to fifty guests and is either private hire or invite only (ask us if you‘d like to visit).
We relaxed with welcoming glasses of champagne and waited for the dishes to arrive. We were struck by their vivid colour when they did. Day-glo orange tiger prawns came with crispy sweet potato and a piquant chilli sauce. Crispy crenels of spicy softshell crab were pocketed with Thai-style nuoc cham sauce. We loved the beef fillet shashlik, skewered with grilled with chilli and honey.
For mains we enjoyed black cod. A far cry from the miso-marinated fillet that has become ubiquitous across the capital over the past decade, this one was marinated in paprika, seasoned with cumin and served with pickled fennel. It was an interesting take on the fish. Lamb cutlets were likely our favourite dish of the evening, dressed in a ginger soya sauce and studded with crisp baby cucumber. We were quite full by the end of it but wrapped things up with a selection of sorbet with flavours including persimmon, yellow plum, and apricot with mint.
Osh is a gem in Beauchamp Place‘s bonnet and a great introduction to Uzbek cuisine.