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Outlaw's at The Capital

Restaurants Knightsbridge
5 out of 5 stars
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Outlaw's at The Capital
Ming Tang-Evans

Time Out says

Little has changed in the interior of this genteel hotel restaurant since Cornwall’s adopted son Nathan Outlaw took over the kitchen – a couple of silvery seahorses on the walls, vases of shells on the tables, subtle hues of seaweed and sand. The crowd is similar too, a core of designer-clad Knightsbridge locals supplemented by a few wide-eyed gastronauts who’ve seen Outlaw on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.

It’s a clever pairing of family-run venue and chef, though not the only hotel in the area with a dining room majoring in seafood (see One-O-One). There are efforts to wave a Cornish flag (the bread basket proffers a light Cornish cheese and rosemary loaf and a brown Doom Bar number) but the overall effect is conservative, French-accented fine dining. Several menus are offered; we opted for a summer birthday ‘celebration’ purporting to showcase classic Outlaw dishes, though these were far less exciting than the food we’ve eaten at some of his previous Cornish venues.

Seafood is exquisitely fresh, as it should be, with the highlight of the meal being the scampi garnish on a main course of brill fillet with Mediterranean rich tomato and tarragon sauce. Breadcrumbed courgettes were not the best accompaniment, but were well cooked. A particularly vibrant set vanilla cream elevated a comforting bowlful of berries, strawberry sorbet and champagne jelly. There’s an encyclopedic wine list featuring reasonably priced bottles from the group’s own Loire vineyard.

 

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Address: The Capital, 22-24 Basil Street
London
SW3 1AT
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge
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Tastemaker

I think I have found a new favourite restaurant in London!! What a delightful experience! I cannot wait to go back. You know you have struck gold when your guest comments that she had a more enjoyable experience here than at Le Bernadin. The food is top notch and the service is one of the best I have seen for a London restaurant. This is deserving not just of its current Michelin Star, but one more easily! I love the ambience of the place and also how all the ingredients taste so fresh. Despite the fact that Tom Brown has left the kitchen, the restaurant is still producing amazing food! So much so that you probably won't be able to tell the difference. 

tastemaker

For my brother’s graduation, my family and I came to Outlaw’s At The Capital to celebrate over lunch. We were treated really well by the staff at the hotel concierge as well as in the restaurant. Once seated, we were presented with the food and drinks menus by our lovely waiter.


Although the ambiance wasn’t as grand as I imagined, it was still quite peaceful since we were the only ones in that section of the restaurant for at least an hour. After placing our orders, we were served an amuse-bouche of Smoked Fish Mousse on a oat cracker. This was absolutely delicious and a great start to our dining experience here. I could really taste the smokiness in the mousse and the cracker was thick and crisp, which allowed it to hold the mousse and gave it the right proportions between the two components. 


There were two set menus available, so my brother and I went for the larger one while my mum and dad went for the smaller ones. For my starter, I chose the Red Wine Braised Octopus. This came with a generous amount of tender and succulent octopus and white beans in a rich and slightly too salty sauce. It tasted really fresh and light but was a little too salty after one or two bites.


For my main course, I had the special of the day, which was the Monkfish Tail. This was served with a butter and smoked paprika sauce and broccolini. I found the latter was sprinkled with a little too much coarse sea salt, which made it too salty as well. However, the monkfish tail was absolutely divine! The flesh fell right off the bone and it was a rather large serving. The sauce was light and full of flavour, which I really enjoyed. Definitely a unique dish and not something I’ve ever tried before. 


Finally, for my dessert, I had the British Cheeses. This came with four types of cheese – a mature cheddar, a blue cheese, a soft cheese, and a goat’s cheese. My favourite would probably be the soft cheese because it reminded me a lot of the cheeses I used to have in Paris (soft and gooey but with a firm skin and a slight smell). I was impressed with the mature cheddar because I don’t normally like cheddar cheese, so this was a surprise. These came served with pickled celery, which I didn’t enjoy at all. I found it really weird! There was also a generous amount of fig chutney, which I really liked because it was both sweet and sour, which balanced well against the cheeses. To accompany the cheeses, there was also a basket of crackers, which went particularly well with the goat’s and soft cheeses.


As I mentioned that this lunch would be a celebratory meal, the waitress brought out a plate with a small piece of chocolate cake and the words, ‘Congratulations’, written in chocolate. I thought this was a sweet gesture and something we could all share.


Additionally, they served a two types of sweets at the end to have with our coffee and apéritifs. The first was a Mini Speculoos Cookie Sandwich with buttercream sandwiched in between. I liked this more because the cookie was really crunchy! I was not a fan of the buttercream though, so I just dished it out. The second was a small piece of Salted Caramel Fudge. I don’t like fudge so I gave this a pass.


Overall, my family and I were really impressed with the food. The quality was high, the portion sizes were generous, and the food was presented really well. Definitely worthy of the one Michelin star! The service was great too, with our waiter informing us of everything we needed to know off of the menu and with taking care of us throughout our meal. They paced the meal out quite well too, with three courses and a bottle of wine lasting two hours. It was a leisurely and enjoyable lunch!

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