SquareMeal Review of
One of London’s most famous hotels and fusion restaurants in the 1990’s, the Anouska Hempel designed Blakes recently underwent a transformation. Nestled deep in the heart of South Kensington, Blakes is everything you would expect from a restaurant in one of London’s most expensive postcodes: luxurious décor that plays to the old money crowd and classic dishes that have been brought up to date. The restaurant is decked out in a black and gold theme right down to the scatter cushions, making it clear that Blakes is selling ostentatious luxury, but it does it well. The crab salad starter was zesty and light. For mains, there is coconut and saffron curry, which replaced meat and rice with black quinoa and steamed vegetables to delicious effect. To finish, there is an aromatic green tea and vanilla mille feuille, followed up with miniature biscuits. The drinks menu has plenty to choose from, including a great range of cocktails, as well as some non-alcoholic ones for diners with an early start or a drive home. Like your dinner with some entertainment? Every Thursday, there's the option to enjoy your food while listening to some fantastic live jazz in the hotel's basement lounge, Blakes Below. While prices aren’t outrageous at Blakes, they certainly aren’t cheap – yet, with extremely friendly staff and high quality dishes, the expense is worth it.
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