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The five-star Westbury hotel does a persuasive line in Mayfair luxe, and Alyn Williams’ flagship restaurant has a glossy sheen to match – right down to the velvet chairs and glittering fleck in the
carpet. It’s not the most atmospheric dining room in town, but it fulfils expectations if a certain degree of ‘hushed reverence’ is required. Williams spent many years as Marcus Wareing’s
right-hand-man and he’s developed some acute culinary instincts – especially when it comes to gorgeous presentation: think Orkney scallop with cucumber, muscatel and scallop broth or a plate of
dry-aged pork with teriyaki ribs, apricot, Amaretto and black olive. Well-judged flavours and consummate technique also show in desserts such as Cornish cheesecake with gooseberries and puffed
barley. The remarkably good-value set lunch (£25 for three courses) is bulked out with lots of ‘cute extras’ and superb home-baked breads – should you find the servings rather diminutive.
Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair has been on my list for a while, despite the occasional appearance on TV, Chef Alyn seems to go about his business quietly. Reports of this one Michelin starred restaurant are consistently positive; however it has always slipped the mind under the bombardment of new openings and more media centric Chefs in the capital. Searching for a tasting menu for a recent dinner the restaurant popped up and at a cost of £65 per head, it seemed a good deal for what was being offered.The hotel itself is a classical five star affair, and the dining room reminded me of Simon Radley at The Grosvenor in Chester...
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The Westbury Hotel has something to shout about, and has had for some time. Alyn Williams, head chef here is someone who most foodies know about. He's British, and grew up in Britain, contrary to what some people think - HE IS NOT FRENCH. Alyn Williams opened his eponymous restaurant in 2011 and a Michelin star soon followed in 2012. And an accolade which he definitely deserves.Prior to having his own restaurant Alyn Williams worked with Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing (where he was head chef)...
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I for one sometimes hanker to be stuffed to satisfaction. With this in mind, the 7 course tasting menu at Alyn Williams at The Westbury seems a viable candidate. Both the standard and vegetarian menus offer streaks of gastronomic delight, restrained only by the economy of portions.A single seared scallop is crusted with golden caramelization, whilst the rest of the milky mollusc is seemingly untouched by heat. Cubes of mackeral with truffle are on the same scale as the pomegranate seeds which surround them, but still possess clarity of flavour and balance. Beer braised snails are meaty little balls in a brown butter sauce, covered with a fine potato foam and circle of jelly...
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We need to talk about chairs. They don’t get nearly enough bad press. Many a good meal has been ruined by a wonky leg or a misplaced spring. Bertrand Russell might have said that ‘the aching posterior diverts attention from the enjoyment of eating’, but a wiser man told him to shut up and go to Alyn Williams at The Westbury. Neither too big, nor too small, there you’ll find Goldilocks seating – that ‘just right’ ratio of hard to soft; tastefully upholstered; and, all-importantly, armed. The only dangerous thing is you’ll never want to get up...
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It’s been about a year and a half since Alyn Williams opened his self-named restaurant at The Westbury Hotel on Conduit Street, during which time the restaurant has increasingly grown in fame. And no wonder. For five years Williams was the head chef at Marcus Wareing’s restaurant at The Berkeley Hotel where he was instrumental in helping Wareing win two Michelin stars. Foodie establishments have also acknowledged Williams’ prowess, with Michelin awarding him a one star and The AA Three Rosettes...
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Chef Alyn, after learning his trade for the past 5 years fronting up the kitchen at The Berkley under the name of Marcus Wareing is someone I’ve heard great things about from a number of fellow bloggers and food critics. His self-named restaurant is pride of place in The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and when we visited we received a warm welcome from the front of house, enjoyed a cocktail at the bar and enjoyed the 7 course menu with beer for me and wine for Ella...
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My my, time flies when your having fun. It's now nearly two months since our visit here and as is sometimes the case other stuff gets in the way before I can sit down and do my review. Truth be told what we ate was so intricate and expansive I needed quite a bit of time to recount what we had. In the end simpler places were reviewed resulting in this review being put on hold somewhat. Well. better late than never eh ?Michelin starred chef Alyn Williams has been wowing diners here for about a year now. The ex Marcus Wareing head chef was tipped for big things when he first opened, resulting in his very recent and much deserved Michelin star. Then only last week a Chef of the Year award too.Alyn has been cooking at two star level for quite a number of years now, and apart from Wareing he has also worked for Gordon Ramsay cooking at the same level. Not only foodies but other highly rated chefs applaud his cooking too. So the meal was approached with much anticipation.The restaurant is housed in the elegant five star Westbury Hotel and depending on your taste the room is either gorgeous or not so gorgeous. Its very formal with polished service led by former Marcus Wareing manager Giancarlo Princigalli. Cherry wood dominates. Comfy armchairs are just that. The main feature of the oblong room which seats forty five guests is a quite spectacular see through glass private dining area with wine featuring as much if not more than the food.The wine salon seats up to eight guests and is focused on matching the Worlds finest wines with the very best food that Alyn Williams can produce.Much has been made of the quite stunning value of eating in this restaurant. The tasting menus, which include a vegetarian option are a steal at Â£60. Lunch is even more of a bargain being only Â£25 for a truly top quality three courses plus amuses and other bits included.What followed was a tasting menu bountiful of flavour and extremely generous in content. I will mostly let the pictures do the talking from here on in.An exquisite selection of amuse bouche.Selection of breads and various buttersCrab / bloody Mary / celery crispAnother appetiserOrkney scallop / watermelon / pine / pumpernickel.Smoked egg / creme fraiche / celeriac / truffle soldiersFoie gras semi fredo / sand carrot / liquorice / corianderOnion bhajee / pickled vegetables / caramelised aubergine.Mackerel / marsh samphire / cockles / toasted cauliflowerCumbrian lamb / smoked aubergine / tsatsiki / spiced chickpeas.Welsh suckling pig / buttermilk / corn / truffle from Kent.Cornish cows curd cheesecake / passion fruit / honeycomb.Nectarine, fresh and roasted. Ice creamStrawberries / vanilla / angel food cake / amarettoFabulous chocolates.So that's it really. No standouts as such, just course after course of quite simply top quality food. There really is no comparison, skill and quality wise with a load of in fashion well blogged cafes, the gap is huge. This is mighty impressive stuff which deserves to reach a wider audience. Though sadly the fine dining market is in decline due to a number of factors, not least the lack of disposable income in most peoples wallets.Its fair to say that this temple of gastronomy is a special occasion place, except for the pricing of course. We have had meals in other so called highly rated places with zilch spent on the interior itself. This is pure luxury. Pinch yourself of you live locally, that lunch deal is surely one, if not the best value in town.Go on, give it a try.Because your worth it.Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel.37 Conduit Street. LondonW1S 2YF02070789579
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Alyn Williams at the Westbury hotel isn’t exactly the most hip and happening place in London right now, I mean God, you can make a reservation, and there’s no queue to get in the door and the chairs are comfy! But in a city filled with burgers and pop ups, this restaurant is exactly what I want – it’s Michelin starred fine dining at it’s very best.The room is opulent and rather glamorous, there’s even a sparkly carpet which I imagine wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste. At 1pm there was only us and another table having lunch – with the lack of background music the atmosphere was a little flat, however by 2pm the restaurant had filled up and was more lively...
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The restaurant is located in the beautiful Westbury hotel (the hotel recently added Brasserie Chavot to its culinary stable) in the plush surroundings of New Bond Street. The decoration is best described as understated, but sumptuously decadent. It is not quite as over the top as for instance two star Sketch (located a few minutes away) and more comparable to the interior of for instance Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel...
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The Wine Room seats up to ten guests, who dine surrounded by some of the world’s finest wines. Diners can enjoy a bespoke 7 course menu created by Alyn Williams, with wines selected by the restaurant’s Head Sommelier.
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