The name of this brand-new Mayfair brasserie sets the tone nicely for what is – unsurprisingly, given its location – an upmarket establishment. Inspired by Christopher Monck, the 16th-century duke who owned the Clarendon Estate (which encompassed Dover Street, Bond Street and Albemarle Street), Moncks comes from the team behind nearby Park Chinois, though the concept is quite different.
Both share the same ethos on quality and expertly sourced ingredients, but whereas Park Chinois is all about big-money special-occasion Cantonese dining, Moncks bills itself as an all-day destination (though still for discerning foodies with money to burn).
Breakfast, served until late morning on weekdays and midday at weekends, offers everything from gourmet porridge (made with coconut, chia seeds, soya milk, pomegranate and matcha tea powder) and goji berry granola to its signature truffled benedict (artichoke, black truffle, organic poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on English muffin) and the full vegan, a novel take on the traditional full English complete with vegan ‘fried eggs’.
Those wishing to dine from the all-day menu can go for light and healthy options, such as Dover sole meunière with toasted almonds, or a salad from a range including Caesar, caprese, nicoise and beetroot, or something a bit more substantial, such as beef bourguignon or a lobster roll.
Either way, as the kitchen is led by Gennaro Vitto and Valentino Pepe – two passionate Italian chefs who worked alongside each other at Park Chinois – you can be sure that whatever you order will be beautifully cooked and perfectly presented.
To drink, a French-leaning wine list has about 40 wines by the bottle and a dozen by the glass, though with scant choice for under £40, there’s no mistaking you’re in Mayfair.
As for the decor, stone floors, cosy booth seating and plenty of reflective surfaces help to create a classic brasserie feel that’s classy enough to warrant the pricey menu without being pretentious.