Davies and Brook

Modern European·
££££
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Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Davies and Brook

Gold Award

Davies and Brooks isn’t your average fine diner, but then chef Daniel Humm isn’t known for being predictable (his New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park went completely vegan this year, retaining its three Michelin stars after the move).

Here - in this palatial, pared back space - any pretensions associated with London’s Michelin starred scene have been carefully shrugged off. Staff set the tone for a relaxed evening of enjoyment where top-class food is both challenging yet surprisingly simple (undoubtedly by appearances only).

Each dish on the menu builds in flavour as you eat, exposing new nuances and textures with each mouthful. Even the bread is seriously, seriously good. Part dinner roll, part croissant these little flaky, buttery bakes are served with salty goat’s butter and could easily be demolished by the bucketload if you were left alone with them too long.

The short dish descriptions allow an element of surprise with each plate. The lobster - for instance - is sweet and meaty as expected but served with a spongy cauliflower mushroom which is mildly creamy. Elsewhere a small plate of crab salad is refreshingly uncomplicated and elevated with a textural crumb.

The kitchen team’s lightness of touch continues throughout the mains where roast chicken turns out to be a breast layered with a brioche stuffing, golden skin and served with a rich - verging on buttery - gravy and a bubbly potato espuma that’s more cream than spud (the ideal scenario) hiding shredded dark meat.

Theatrical touches like monogrammed ice cubes and a flaming baked Alaska served table side cement this as a special experience worthy of celebrations and all the usual trappings of amuse bouches and petit four come as standard.

Davies and Brook is luxurious without being pretentious, with a buzzy atmosphere and staff that know what you need even before you do. This is proper bucket list stuff, a whirlwind tour of the best of British ingredients handled by a team at the top of its game.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Celeb-spotting, Romantic, Special occasions

About Davies and Brook

It was following months of rumours that the team behind Eleven Madison Park, the three Michelin-starred New York restaurant and former number one in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, were finally confirmed as the replacement for Fera at Claridge’s. The dining room was named, New York-style, for the legendary hotel’s location on the corner of Davies and Brook streets.

The new restaurant has seen chef Daniel Humm return to the kitchen at Claridge’s 25 years after he made his culinary debut there aged 15. While the menu does share some similarities with the food Humm serves at Eleven Madison Park, the chef is determined to make Davies & Brook shine on its own, with dishes that reflect the cultural diversity of London.

From the à la carte menu, guests are encouraged to select a cold starter, warm starter, main and dessert, but for a full experience of Humm’s culinary prowess, the carefully curated seven-course tasting menu is an absolute must.

Guests will begin with a taste of the sea: the finest caviar with butternut squash, smoked shellfish and naan followed by a refreshing sea bass ceviche and then a poached lobster dish with a delica squash bisque.

Next, a plate celebrating cabbage, in which the humble brassica comes fashioned as a mille-feuille roasted with mushroom, Thai basil and lemongrass. Finally, before the desserts diners will be treated to Humm’s signature dry-aged duck, glazed in honey and lavender and accompanied by beetroot and sauce civet.

The dining room itself is simple but stylish, in keeping with the presentation of the food. A series of landscape artwork adorns the walls, commissioned by American artist Roni Horn especially for the restaurant. A sleek central bar draws in hotel guests and visitors alike to enjoy a drink and some small plates while soaking up the convivial ambience of the venue.

The cocktail list from bar director Leo Robitschek is equally as creative and imaginative as the food – ensuring that visitors to Davies & Brook are bestowed with a memorable experience from start to finish.


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Does Davies and Brook have a Michelin star?

Davies and Brook has one Michelin star.

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Does Davies and Brook have a vegan menu?

Yes, dietary requirements - including being vegan - are catered for at Davies and Brook. Simply make the team aware at the time of booking your table and the chefs will happily tailor the menu to your needs.

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What is the dress code for Davies and Brook?

There isn't an official dress code at Davies and Brook, but most diners choose to come in smart casual clothes.

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Location for Davies and Brook

Claridge's , Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR

020 7629 8860

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-22:30
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-22:30
Sun Closed

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