Outlaw's at The Capital 22

The Capital Hotel, 22-24 Basil Street , London, SW3 1AT

7 reviews

65 Fish Chelsea Private Dining

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SquareMeal Review of Outlaw's at The Capital

Widely accepted as the modern master of British seafood, Nathan Outlaw stepped away from his Cornish home turf to launch in London in 2012. Five years on, and with a Michelin star under its belt, this venue still feels like a well-kept secret. Perhaps the menu lends itself more to the coast than a conservatively attired hotel dining room, or perhaps Londoners want more culinary fireworks, but one thing’s for sure: you won’t find better or fresher seafood in the capital. Our octopus starter paired magnificently with almonds and a sharp sherry vinegar bread sauce, while a glorious thick slab of sea bass came with breadcrumbed oysters, sweet baby leeks and a generous dollop of lime hollandaise. No fireworks, no fripperies: just clean flavours and exemplary technique. After that, elderflower cream with strawberries and verjus maintains the seasonal theme. Service is five-star slick and, to drink, we’d recommend something from founder David Levin’s biodynamic vineyard – perhaps Mr L, a barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 7.6

Service: 8.1

Atmosphere: 6.9

Value: 7.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 06 January 2017

Outlaw's is a safe bet for business lunch in Knightsbridge. It is quiet a rare commodity around these areas nowadays. It strikes a balance between formality and accessibility. The dining room is small and thus has a certain intimate appeal. The food is technically hard to fault. The lobby could do with a touch up but the whole setup is nice enough to feel high-end and sober enough to have a slight corporate air to it. Service stood out good house wines are available and the overall experience is positive.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Luncheon Vulture platinum reviewer 13 July 2015

OK, the City to Knightsbridge is not a huge trek as the crow flies, but on a warm summer Friday night, anything involving a trip on the tube, seems like an epic expedition. Fortunately, the cool, calm interior of the Capital Hotel came as a very welcome relief. Initially we were offered pre-prandials in the bar, but when it quickly became apparent that there was no room to be had in the bar, we were shown into a room slightly away from the bar/restaurant. Whilst the room itself was pleasant enough, we were the only inhabitants and it felt like we had been banished to the naughty corner! However, the staff did not forget us and we were very well looked after with fizz and nibbles. The dining room itself is very small and we were lucky that the table that abutted ours was unoccupied, otherwise it may not have been quite the romantic dinner a deux we had planned! However, once the food arrived, all this was forgotten, as this place is all about the food. We both opted for the lobster risotto and were quite relieved to order the same starter otherwise plate envy would have been rife! Whilst the serving was not overly generous, it contained a good amount of lobster and a light hand with the orange flavouring made it wonderfully light and fresh. Oddly for us, we actually ended up swapping our main courses; I much preferred the light and delicate flavouring of the bloke's hake with crab, whereas he preferred the robustness of my grey mullet. Desserts were so-so but think we were still reeling from the starter! Although three courses is priced at a reasonable £55, once drinks and service were added to our bill we knew that we were in Knightsbridge, but that aside, will definitely return for a special treat.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

SEW bronze reviewer 27 July 2014

The invention of each dish was perfectly complimented by the exquisite quality of the ingredients and the skill of letting each element of the dish have its own moment of glory. The menu catered for both the adventurous and the more conservative palate, something that can sometimes be lacking in some restaurants who seem to want to shine through their creativity alone

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Rebecca L. gold reviewer 20 July 2014

I feel very disdained to write this but Outlaw's at the Capital was really a waste of money and an evening to be quite frank. Whilst the service and surroundings lacked, it was the food that really stood out as disappointing. It was just so unimaginative. There were a couple of reasonable dishes (we had the tasting menu), such as a good lobster risotto but one of the mains, a cod based dish, came soaked in what tasted like a tomato sauce from a jar. It really was quite shocking. The dessert, which was a sort of fruit parfait, had far too much gelatine in and tasted utterly bland. I left hungry which after 7 courses is nothing short of amazing. It's very rare that I feel the need to comment upon the atmosphere in restaurant but it really was quite dire for a Friday night. I can't exactly say why this was but the dining room does have a rather stuffy feel to it. The surroundings feel quite old fashioned and dull which might explain it. The service couldn't save the evening. Staff were unattentive and got two drinks orders wrong, one was forgotten about all together (there were quite a few wine orders to drown out the dull food) and the lady we spoke to initially about our wine order seemed overwhelmed by the wine list. Our waiter wasn't very enthusiastic about the menu either but to be honest I don't blame him. The absolute mystery to me is how the restaurant obtained (and has retained) a Michelin star. A terrible disappointment.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Claire S. 28 May 2013

Great food and an excellent price for set lunch marred by stuffy dining room and over priced wine list.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

David H. platinum reviewer 03 April 2013

Over maybe thirty years, we've been to the Capital Hotel quite a few times- never regularly or frequently, but maybe once every couple of years, enough to keep tabs on the place. In the 1980's The Capital was one of the pioneer restaurants serving interesting, innovative food and was one of the very best places to dine in London. For years it didn't seem to move on, but could always be relied upon for tasty, good quality food in the one/two star range. And then something seemed to happen which resulted in a decline. Reviews changed from good to mediocre and for a while it seemed to have dropped out of circulation. Today at lunch was our first visit for a few years. Pleased to say that our food at lunch today was both tasty and interesting. We ate four courses between us from the good value set lunch menu (£20/2 courses or £25/3). We thought each of the four were good, and maybe a little better. For a fish restaurant, they made an excellent job of my slow-cooked ox cheek. Premises smart, maybe a few too many mirrors, but comfortable without being terribly atmospheric. Service attentive and polite without being too formal. Overall I'd put this restaurant right in the middle of the one star band , meaning I guess that half of our last visits to starred restaurants weren't as good as this, though some (Pollen Street Social and Murano for example ) do cook a bit better to my taste anyway. Criticisms? Well there seems to be a trend to keep customers waiting for a menu that I don't much like, and there was no dessert on either the lunch or the a la carte menu that tempted us enough to take it. Possibly just as well. Note to self- must stop ordering slow-cooked beef in restaurants and take more risk.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Neil M. platinum reviewer 14 November 2012

The only surprise during a lunch service was how empty the restaurant was. I had expected Mr Outlaws reputation would ensure a ‘Full House’, hopefully word of mouth will ensure that happens quickly. The food was excellent as you'd expect from someone of his reputation. The room is small by modern standards but is nicely decorated and there is a less formal atmosphere than during the more recent chefs at The Capital Hotel. Not to be missed, so visit soon to ensure it survives!

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The Eaton Suite
Capacity: 14
The Cadogan Suite
Capacity: 22

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