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The best way to exhibit a work of art is to display it in a neutral environment that won’t detract from its intrinsic beauty. This must be why Bonhams, the auction house, has chosen to house its new modern British restaurant in an elegantly proportioned whitewashed space. As the venue is currently only open from breakfast to tea-time, the room is almost permanently flooded with natural light. The pared-down setting could feel unwelcoming, were it not for the warmth of the enthusiastic, professional front-of-house team. They have much to be enthusiastic about. The aristocratic wine list, sourced by in-house wine expert Richard Harvey MW, features a fine selection by the glass, and the refined, elegant food comes courtesy of up-and-coming chef Tom Kemble. Kemble’s stints at such cutting-edge restaurants as Sweden’s Fäviken and London’s Hedone are hinted at in a creative menu that includes a delicately flavoured carpaccio of scallops, mandarin and cucumber, and a punchy slow-cooked lamb neck with baba ganoush, calçot onions and red pepper compote. Save room for a lush slice of bitter chocolate tart, given a refreshing twist with a scoop of blood-orange sorbet. To our minds, Bonhams has unveiled a new masterpiece.
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    TheFoodaholic :: The Foodaholic: Bonhams Restaurant

    Unique dining experiences are all the rage these days. Whether it be dining 100ft in the sky, at the top of a sky scraper, in a weird and whacky fortress such as Sketch in London – or in this case inside one of the worlds most exclusive auction houses – Bonhams. Bonhams Restaurant will be turning one year old shortly and in such a short space of time the restaurant and its head chef, Tom Kemble have done the impossible and been awarded One Michelin star.
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    SilverSpoon London :: An Artful Lunch at Bonhams

    Word of Bonhams, located in the one of the world’s oldest and most established auction houses, soon spread quickly. And it wasn’t because of any faddy gimmicks, sexy interiors or a huge marketing campaign. It was down to just really good food which won the restaurant a Michelin-star not long after opening. The chef is Tom Kemble, who is still up and coming, but has great experience working in the Michelin-starred kitchens of Hedone and Fäviken in Sweden.
    After some really lovely snacks and a very good sourdough with a perfectly chewy crust and a soft, fluffy inside, our starters arrived.
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    Quiet eating :: Quieteating Bonhams

    Bonhams. I thought that was an auction house.

    Actually, yes it is. Entering these rather smart premises, I wondered if the picture would be completed with Jeeves appearing to offer assistance. Although I was to be disappointed on this account, the service was efficient and smooth but did not have enough bowing and scraping as would be expected from a typical servant experience.

    Salmon on a blini, apple foie gras sandwich. The salmon was sadly a bit lacking in depth. Although it was the foie gras sandwich which raised eyebrows. The deep flavour of the foie gras was set off by the tartness of...
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