Excellent seasonal British cuisine
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : British
Address : 2-6 Southampton Row, Covent Garden, London, WC1B 4AA, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.baptistgrill.com
Opening Times : Mon-Wed: 4pm-12am, Thu-Sat: 4pm-2am, Sun: Closed
Closest Tube : Holborn
There are dining rooms and there are dining rooms like the one at L'oscar Hotel. The Baptist Bar & Grill is one of London's most extraordinary settings. You'll find it nestled off of Southampton Row in Holborn, only a single statue announcing the restaurant. Once inside, you'll be ensconced in a Grade-II listed domed Edwardian chapel with Tony Fleming offering spiritual instruction by way of excellent seasonal British cuisine. Having formerly garnered a Michelin star at Angler, he's well positioned to do so.
Following refreshing cocktails in L'oscar's smart and sophisticated bar, we repaired upstairs to the mezzanine level of the dome for dinner. Looking downstairs we could help feeling impressed by swooping purple velvet seating, mind-bendingly baroque parquet flooring, cushions inset with peacock feathers and fin-de-siecle French floral detailing along the walls. It wasn't long before our equally beautiful presented dishes began to arrive.
Scallops were served along an engaging pairing of guanciale, fennel and basil with a strawberry vinaigrette. Coronation crab salad was similarly playful, spiked with mango and pickled lime. For mains, we enjoyed an impeccably sourced bavette steak with braised onions, dried tomatoes and a rocket pesto. Saddleback porkchop was served with enriching apple jam, lardo and red apple. Both bedded down beautifully with a creamy potato and chive puree. We finished up with chocolate cremeux, banana mousse, salted caramel peanuts and chocolate brownie, which, in spite of all appearances, was surprisingly light and airy.
The Baptist Bar & Grill lives up to Fleming's promise and does L'oscar proud. Well worth a visit if in the area.