64 Degrees Pimlico

52 Cambridge Street , London, SW1V 4QQ

2 reviews

45 British Pimlico

64 Degrees, Pimlico

SquareMeal Review of 64 Degrees Pimlico

Two lustrous stars of Brighton, the Artist Residence Hotel and top restaurant 64 Degrees, have opened a joint venture in Pimlico. With its bare-brick walls, wooden bench seating and dangling light fittings, this is no typical hotel dining room. The space is dominated by an open kitchen; pull up a stool and watch the enticing ingredients-led small plates being prepared. Amuse your bouche with a couple of oysters, or crisp gyoza stuffed with lightly spiced lobster. Flavour combinations are unusual yet mostly successful: witness halibut with cinnamon and a tangy pickle, or a happy medley of textures and tastes in granola, curd, fried sage and butternut squash. A massive ox tongue is fall-apart delicious but salty, especially alongside its bacon accompaniment – our only complaint. Realign your taste buds with banana, malt ice cream and sweet, salty miso, then descend to the basement cocktail bar, 64 Degrees Below, for something fruity.

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7.5

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.5

Value: 6.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

London Gourmet platinum reviewer 24 November 2014

Interesting addition to the London dining scene, in particular for this part of town. Setting is a quite trendy, basic, almost industrial "rustic chique" within this new, small designer boutique hotel. Set-up makes it very much a "normal" restaurant avoiding the sometimes off-putting typical restaurant within hotel setting. You can either sit at the counter overlooking the cooks or be seated at a table or booth Service could do with a bit more enthusiasm and cheerfulness. The menu is sharing portions of always 4 different meat, fish and other dishes (and regularly changing). Overall very well done with some real highlights (eg a grilled fennel dish, a mushroom and duck egg serving) and no let-downs. Good value for money wine offering with most wines available by the class or carafe Restaurant still fairly new and once settled in a bit more, this could become a nice dinning place. Not the most romantic of places but good for a nice evening out (also a nice adjoining bar/lounge in the hotel)

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Felix's Guide silver reviewer 17 November 2014

In a part of town better known for MPs flats and mistresses it is good to see a new restaurant opening. The questions is always will 64 Degrees be a good neighborhood restaurant or a destination. The decor, counter bar and atmosphere are spot on for the times - casual and smart, like the clientele. Its a grazing menu - sharing dishes - which I like. Some dishes are interesting (knodel, cabbage, smoked butter), some original (artichoke, heritage potatoes, almonds), some less original but good (lobster gyoza), some work well (Chicken wings, blue cheese, kimchi) and some do not (Butternut, granola, goats cheese, sage - nice flavours but execution rather naive). Rather too much sauce smudging though. Generally tasty stuff but my big complaint would be on the structure of the menu...if you have a short menu of only 12 small sharing dishes you can not be too off piste with ingredients. Of the 4 meat dishes, 2 were bone marrow or oxtongue. Of the 4 fish dishes 2 where scallops or oysters. No problem with me but rather my wife. We are in a post Mr Turner world where noise to tail eating is not the norm. It also looks as thought it has quite a good private room for parties down stairs. To answer the question, certainly good neighborhood restaurant but to pull people in from a far will have to change some of the dish ideas and importantly construct a menu that has a broader appeal. It is early days and I hope 64 Degrees does well.

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