Places To Eat In London: No. 11 Pimlico Road, Belgravia
People are always asking me for restaurant recommendations near Victoria station. Until now I’ve never been forthcoming as I’d never found anywhere good, but today I want to introduce you to a great spot only 7 minutes walk away from the station: No. 11 Pimlico Road. It is one of those great, airy restaurants that has an impressive looking breakfast and brunch menu, a good selection of bigger dishes for lunches and evenings, and a great spread of smaller bites to pair with their mouthwatering cocktail list. Perfect any time of the day.
While I waited for Ned I pulled out my laptop to edit some photos (I like that this is also the kind of place that you can do this), with a delicious, interesting and refreshing Pineapple and Sage Mojito. Yes, it really is as good as it looks, and the sage makes it more suitable for the season, in spite of all of the ice and the use of tropical fruit. When Ned arrived, he started on the whiskey soda.
We chose from the ‘Small & Sharing’ section of the menu by way of starters. In hindsight, I should have asked to try one of Ned’s Mini Honey Sausages with Honey Mustard Glaze. How good do those look? However, I’d heard a fair bit about No. 11’s crostini, so I’d really had my mind made up about my starter before I’d even walked into the restaurant. I did like the Olive & Sundried Tomato Tapenade (bit strong though, more of one to eat at the bar with a drink or five), but I must tell you to order the Spiced Crab & Avocado. So good, so sweet and so full of flavour. I could have eaten so many of these.
Because I usually try to order something different to eat than my lunch date, I missed out on getting to order this (delicious) Chicken and Chorizo Schnitzel, served with a punchy remoulade and crisp house fries. This was quite a clever dish; they’d bashed super thin chorizo into the chicken before coating it in breadcrumbs. A good, solid and comforting dish, perfect for any time of the day.
I went a bit more fancy with the Roast Cod with Sticky Lentils, Kale Pesto and Toasted Almonds. This was lovely (more filling than you’d think), with the almonds making it a little bit different and coming out as the real star of the dish. I really enjoyed it, but it is one of those dishes you just eat without focusing on while you’re engrossed in conversation instead; solid and dependable.
Obviously I had to have a side portion of fries (with their very good house aioli, one of the better dips I’ve had in London) with my second cocktail of the day that was by far my favourite; the Elderflower and Earl grey Fizz. This blend of Earl Grey, Elderflower cordial and Tanqueray Export gin is sweet (but not too much so), floral, beguiling and refreshing, and what I’ll order first when I next visit. You can also get this one as a pitcher, so it is a great one to have on the table with the platter you can order of all the crostini if to of you just want to settle in for a good natter without being disturbed.
Have any of you got any other favourite bars and restaurants in the area? As this one is in a great location for me as far as work is concerned, I’m sure you’ll be seeing far more small bites and cocktail Instagrams from me here in the near future. Have a great weekend everyone!