Outside, this swanky, jazz-playing grill could be mistaken for a high-end gentlemen’s club with it’s Victorian red brick exterior and concierged entrance. It’s a white tablecloth kind of place with atmospheric table lamps and a sleek, marble top bar where expensive accents can be heard ordering Martini’s – shaken not stirred. The celebrity haunt houses a colossal collection of caviars, a smattering of fish and heavy emphasis on the best Wagyu in town. It’s funky interior mimics the modernity of the five-star Dean St Townhouse, also expertly designed by Martin Brudnizki.
This was our first foray at 34 Mayfair – the smooth, well-polished sibling of nearby Scott’s, also run by Caprice Holdings. The restaurant’s regulars (aka the super-rich) balance on bar stools at the end of the glossy, gold-plated bar and we are ushered hurriedly to our table, where sparkling champagne cocktails await us. The white clothed tables dotted around the restaurant all have a view into the open kitchen, where friendly faced chefs shine a smile in our direction and we open our menu to find a heavenly selection of dishes.
The menu is segregated into categories including classic British starters, raw fish and the signature 34 Mayfair steaks. We pick two dishes from the raw section – a delightful mixed sashimi platter of tuna and salmon with a complimentary citrus oil, and an oriental bass ceviche flavoured with passion fruit and chilli sauce. Plantain crisps are a delightful addition to the bass ceviche, giving it a welcome crunchy texture.
There’s an exotic variety of fish dishes such as baked Indian spiced stone bass and Indonesian beef and prawn skewers, as well as the ever-expensive dover sole priced at £42. And of course, what grill doesn’t serve Japanese wagyu? Well here at 34 Mayfair there are two deluxe Wagyu steaks – a 200g sirloin priced at £85 and an equally large fillet worth £110. Certainly no stranger to fashionable ingredients, we pick the lobster macaroni, served with the ingredient of the moment: truffle. Our second pick is the Indonesian beef and prawn skewers, which is expectantly delicious and packed full of flavour. Everything we taste is excellent and speaks of a well-drilled kitchen, consistently churning out impactful and interesting tastes and textures.
Desserts are equally inviting with flavours varying from the traditional banana parfait with luxurious maple syrup and nutty pecan ice cream, to the more extravagant chocolate and pumpkin fondant (extremely apt as we dined on Halloween!) and golden pineapple & pomegranate served with coconut sorbet. We order the Halloween themed pudding and enjoy it immensely, as well as the refreshingly tasting pineapple & pomegranate – a wonderful palate cleanser following a rich, meaty meal.
34 Mayfair may serve the best Wagyu this side of the Pacific, but it’s not just your average grill. We can’t wait to return again soon. Book your next visit here.
34 Grosvenor Square
London, W1K 2HD