Health conscious senior reporter Sabi Phagura delves into good English comfort food at the newly opened Six Storeys.
This unassuming six-floor townhouse was actually built in the 17th century before Soho was even born. But today, it’s a thriving place full of character which is decadently decorated throughout by interior designers Russell Sage Studio, illuminated with flickering candles and walls adorned with Victorian covering.
The lobby bar, parlour, lounge, decantery, study and loft are all unique in their own right setting their own tone and mood for an evening.
The venue at 11 Soho Square in central London gives off the vibe of a private member’s club experience but without the hefty membership fee. Guests can either book the entire building, or hire rooms and tables individually.Entering the Lobby bar feels like walking into the smoky lounges of yesteryear with its leather chairs, sophistication and charm.
Entering the Lobby bar feels like walking into the smoky lounges of yesteryear with its leather chairs, sophistication and charm.
From here, my guest Harj and I ventured upwards to The Parlour on the first storey. I am told by the barman it’s been aptly named after the French word ‘parler’ which means ‘to speak’. It’s a more intimate space than the Lobby where groups of friends can enjoy a good catch up from the comfort of the deep sofas and banquette seating.
But before I take my seat to sample the food offerings here, I was eager to explore the other floors.
The Lounge is ideal for those who wish to wine and dine privately, while The Decantery is a bar which is a playground for mixologists to create concoctions and show off their skills.
The fourth and fifth storeys are designed for intimate gatherings or soirees – the Loft being the one with the most spectacular of views from the rooftop.
With the venue open from day to night, food is available throughout. From a breakfast of overnight oats to the peanut butter chocolate pudding post main meal, you will not go hungry. The day and evening menus scream comfort food but with a modern twist.
Having arrived in the evening, I was ready for dinner – not least because I was hungry but I felt I deserved it after climbing up and down the aforementioned floors.
Food at The Parlour is hearty English with thankfully just enough choice on the menu. By this I mean I’m not overwhelmed with what I want to eat. Sometimes you really can have too much choice.
To start with, you can choose from a selection of ‘open muffins’ or the ‘small plates’.
Wanting to attempt to have all three courses we ordered the bubble and squeak scotch egg and the chicken scrumpets (posh nuggets). The portion sizes were seriously huge but greed got the better of me because both dishes were awesome. I found myself scooping up the runny yolk with my fork too to ensure I’d experienced every last bit of it.
It’s just as well I had ordered a light super-food salad with tender stem broccoli, roasted butternut, sprouted seeds, spinach, roasted red onion and super seeds for my main.
For my protein hit, I added the herb marinated chicken although it was a tough decision with grilled halloumi as an alternative. I defy anyone to eat this and say that healthy food is boring. This plate full of deliciousness was polished off pretty fast leaving me both satisfyingly full and virtuous.
Our attentive waiter Alex was spot on with his Italian wine recommendation of the Chardonnay Pinot Grigio ‘Le Rime’ Banfi. It worked well with my salad as well as Harj’s – her’s being the roasted stuffed Portobello mushroom.
Sadly having over indulged with the two courses, plus side orders of red cabbage coleslaw and truffled fries, I was unable to have dessert. But the peanut butter cheesecake and chocolate have me vowing to return for more.
Six Storeys on Soho, 11 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QE
For table bookings and general enquiries, please visit: www.sixstoreys.com