The restaurant: Hans’ Bar & Grill, 164 Pavilion Road, London, SW1X 0BP
Pavilion Road is the longest mews in London. It capitalises on its neighbourhood feel, despite being minutes from the ever-busy Sloane Square. Small artisan food shops and boutiques now occupy the other properties following the 2016 redevelopment that has restored the street and cashed in on its Zone 1 village vibe. In fact, before dinner, we stepped into the cheesemonger to sniff at and sample the French cheeses. Dinner was in Hans’ Bar and Grill, a restaurant opened last summer as part of the 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel from the Iconic Luxury Hotels group also behind Cliveden House, Chewton Glen and the Lygon Arms.
The entrance to Hans’ Bar and Grill leads you immediately into a relaxed bar and cafe-style area, an airy space for post-work cocktails or popping in for a coffee throughout the day. We were led into the wider dining area, an elegant space lined with dark green banquettes, marble tabletops, pops of light greens and accents of brass.
The menu, designed by Head Chef Adam England, is all-day seasonal fare with the restaurant aiming to be a spot you can pop into for a drink, salad or dinner any time of day. A breakfast and brunch menu is available from 7 am until midday with classics of eggs Benedict and steak tartare. After midday, you can choose from the all-day menu, light lunch options or an afternoon tea selection.
Cauliflower cheese croquettes for starters were perfectly gooey and mushy with a crisp outer coating and a good kick of mustard. Tuna tartar was meaty with a balance of smokiness and saltiness, combined with the brilliantly sharp citrus of the yuzu. Next was a generous portion of wild mushroom risotto: a creamy base of risotto rice cooked with a variety of mushrooms and topped with shards of black truffle and watercress. The truffle worked to accentuate the dish without overpowering it. A side of seasonal cabbage — something I always order when it’s on the menu — was a somewhat healthy extra combined with satisfying chunks of salty bacon. Dessert was a cool crème brûlée fired with spiced orange sugar.
Despite its presence as a hotel restaurant, Hans’ Bar & Grill aligns itself into the neighbourhood feel of Pavilion Road, securing a stable position as a go-to for drinks and dining any time of day. Whether you’re celebrating with afternoon tea, relaxing into a Sunday brunch or booking in for date night, don’t hesitate to stop by Hans’ when you’re passing through Sloane Square.
To book, visit HansBarAndGrill.com or call 0207 7307000
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