Pricey but fabulous food in an atmospheric Mayfair basement named after an eighteenth-century courtesan.
Please note, since this review was published Tomos Parry has left Kitty Fisher's. Time Out Food editors, September 2018.
An eighteenth-century courtesan known for her wit and extravagance, Kitty Fisher was rumoured to have eaten a 1,000-guinea banknote on a piece of bread and butter. Much like its namesake, a visit to this Mayfair neighbourhood restaurant will leave you with a big smile on your face – if, that is, you don’t mind paying for the privilege. A signature dish is beef cut from a ten- to 12-year-old Galician milking cow, chargrilled and served with cheese-stuffed salad potatoes and blackened onion. Heart-attack news: it costs £80. Defibrillating news: it serves two.
To cut your bill in half, stick to the small plates (£6-£12.50). We began with the terrific signature snack (£3): bread and all-the-rage whipped butter sprinkled with burnt onion ash. The same excellent sourdough (supplied by Balthazar) reappears several more times in grilled form, a motif they should have called ‘things on toast’: there’s chewy melted taleggio with London honey, wholegrain mustard and loads of shaved truffle (ie posh cheese on toast) and whipped cod’s roe on dainty soldiers (ie ultra-chic taramasalata on toast). There’s a beef tartare, served ‘open-[toast]-sandwich’ style. There’s no toast with the lamb cutlets, but they’re another signature: pink within, deliciously charred without, and coated with mint, parsley and anchovy.
The basement dining room is intimate and hugely atmospheric; the street-level wine bar is an option for a sunny day (as are seats overlooking so-picturesque-it-should-be-in-a-Richard-Curtis-movie Shepherd Market). But at Kitty’s heart are its relationships. The owners have been friends for over 20 years; the two chefs (Tomos Parry, formerly of Climpson’s Arch) and Chris Leach (formerly of Pitt Cue) were once in a band together; other staff are charming friends-of-friends. As for that much-publicised visit from the PM and his missus, well Sam Cam’s kid sis happens to be Emily Sheffield, deputy editor of Vogue and married to co-owner Tom Mullion. Kitty, who knew all about the power of social connections, would certainly approve.
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This mini restaurant tucked away in Shepherds market in Mayfair is fantastic. I had the Barrata, peas and mint as as starter followed by their delicious traditional Galician steak which is highly recommended. We also had some delicious wine from their very nice selection of wines as well. I would definitely recommend booking in advance as it is a very small restaurant but it is well worth a visit if you can get a table.
Ox cheek as a starter was great. Good selection of house wines. Tables might seem a bit too close to each other on the ground floor - it seemed that we were sitting together with people at the table next to us. Very friendly staff. Great evening overall!
They literally didn't put a foot wrong the whole night when we went. We loved it all; the Bad Kitty cocktails, the bread and burnt onion butter, my husband's lamb cutlets starter, my super-creamy burrata starter, THAT (justifiably) much-talked about Galician rib eye for two....all excellent!
Booking here was difficult and with some begging we got two stools at the bar. They are a charming tiny place and always booked. Upon arrival they offered us the "comunal" table outside sharing with two other guests. The weather was good and the table was perfect. I had anchovies and then grilled langoustines for starter, and we shared the Galician beef (Spain), which was cooked to perfection. The wine was a Rioja Gran Reserva from 1996 at a reasonable price. We had a great time. They mixed our orders a couple of times, but all with smiles and promptly corrected. Will go back.