It takes just a couple of steps along the decked, tree-lined entrance of this Mayfair mews restaurant for a sense of oasis and calm to descend – an atmosphere that is deliberately cultivated and carried through to the cool, well-spaced dining room. Solicitous greetings abound the moment you cross the threshold; the Greenhouse is a place where chairs are tweaked, tables brushed and every detail seen to by a considerate team.
The place was buzzing on a weekday lunch with a pleasing range of perceptions, palates and purses. Short dish names on the menus merely hint at the perfumes and jewels to come, and the set lunch is barely less pretty and opulent than the carte, which is three times the price. Sea bream and passionfruit ceviche (from the set lunch) and pan-fried foie gras with malabar pepper (from the carte) both carried a perfectly balanced touch of the exotic.
The set menu’s cherry dessert proved as painstakingly executed as the carte’s praline concoction, though the latter was arguably more inventive. Extraordinary appetisers and curious petits fours are served with both menus, and well-priced wine by the glass showcases the quality and interest of the extensive cellar.
Neither menu was entirely free of slip-ups; the corollary is that the Greenhouse leaves you eager to return not merely soon, but often.
|Venue name:||The Greenhouse||Contact:|
27A Hay's Mews
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Green Park|
|Price:||Set lunch £25 2 courses, £29 3 courses. Set meal £65 2 courses, £75 3 courses, £90 tasting menu|
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You find this unique Mayfair restaurant in a mews, secluded from the noise of the city and behind a beautiful 'secret garden'. You begin to feel special. The service is prompt and friendly without overwhelming you. The decor is modern and elegant, almost subdued, but with great touches, like a different small sculpture on each table. The tables are ample and the space between them is generous, allowing for private conversations. The menu is well balanced and creative. We had white truffle risotto and foie gras for starters. Both delicious (£40 extra for the white truffle that they don't serve at the table). For main we had lamb, cut in cubes almost like Japanese tuna steak - check photo- and dover sole. They tasted like they looked, great! The wine list was heavy (literally) with great finds.
Greenhouse is a special place that you need to savour and return for more.
I have been here when it was a one-Michelin star place and returned when it was two. I can totally see why the second has been awarded - the service and everything remains top notch but the food has stepped it up a gear. Stunning seasonal flavours - there wasn't a duff dish across all of our tasting menu. One of London's best.