May Fair Kitchen
Housed within W1 hotspot, The May Fair Hotel, May Fair Kitchen is in stark contrast to the hotel’s slinky neighbouring bar. All minimalist décor with industrial lighting and informal raised banqueting tables, the vibe is distinctly laid back for its Mayfair environs.
The menu is an international small plate bonanza. Serving up sample-size portions of Spanish, Italian, Mexican and Peruvian tapas, May Fair Kitchen executes them with an authentic flourish, as if plucked straight from the kitchens of said countries. Think; baby greatest hits versions of their classics.
From Italy, there’s creamy Puglian burrata which oozes at first poke. A silky, luxuriant lobster risotto with cherry tomatoes and seared scallop. Spain-wise, there’s delectable Jamon and manchego croquettas and bouncy chilli panko tiger prawns with a fiery jalapeno emulsion.
May Fair Kitchen’s Peruvian and Mexican dishes are guest appearances from their sister restaurants, Monmouth Kitchen and Leicester Square Kitchen respectively. Star of the show is their Peruvian smoked lamb cutlets with red anticucho served sizzling on a hot lava stone.
Wine, inevitably (and sensibly) follows an Italo-Spanish bent, in keeping with the dishes provenance. All very palette-pleasing, there’s classy Borolos and Amarones from Italy and Riojas and Albarinos from Spain. Vacate your table and head to the bar after for a devastatingly good digestif.