The 10 mains listed on the menu are predominantly meat and marine-based. Options include Grilled Chicken Paillard with aged parmesan, seafood risotto, and an Italian Blues burger with gorgonzola and figs.
I settled on the small fillets of pan-fried wild sea bass (£18), which were carefully balanced on a bed of mash potato, and was accompanied by delicious roasted pieces of onion, baby carrots and chopped courgettes.
The flavoursome miso glaze finished it beautifully, and there was another generous helping of the sauce lying next to the fish to dip into.
My other half meanwhile tucked into two equally enjoyable pieces of herb and pine nut crusted lamb rack, which arrived with spinach, baby carrots and a tasty Port reduction (£21). Sides are priced at £5 each, and we shared some roast potatoes, as well as burnt cauliflower mash, which is definitely worth a try if you don’t mind a thick and rich purée-like composition.
The portions aren’t huge at SW7 Brasserie & Bar, so you won’t be at risk of over-indulging. This means that dessert is the perfect answer if you want to go home feeling nicely full. There are nine different pan-European sweets to choose from, with crème brûlée, pistachio macaron delight and coconut pannacotta showcased alongside British favourites, such as banoffee pie and deconstructed Eton mess.
Whilst my wife went for the more healthy option of an exotic fruit platter (£9), which counted the likes of finely chopped pieces of mango, watermelon, strawberry and pineapple on a black slate, I went down the savoury route in the form of a ‘Cheese Experience’ (£12). Accompanied by some water biscuits, and presented on a wooden cheese board with a glass dome, that was enthusiastically swirled around by the waiter to let some pre-prepared smokey aromas escape for a spot of added theatre, I made my way around the three Spanish varieties of cheese.
Advised to tackle them in a clockwise order to have the very best experience in terms of flavour, I proceeded to try the filling, but pleasant Manchego, Idiazabal and Mahon. A small jar of marmalade and some grapes were also on the board to give this final chapter of my meal a sweet edge.
The drinks menu at this eatery has an ample selection of both alcoholic beverages, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks, and we chose a couple of Passion Mojito mocktails (£8 each), made with soda water, fresh mint and passion fruit seeds, amongst other ingredients.
Summary: Whether it’s for brunch, lunch or an evening meal, a catch-up, or a celebration, SW7 Brasserie & Bar caters for all occasions, and with reasonable prices, it won’t cost the earth by the time you get the bill. Both the service and presentation of dishes were excellent throughout, so if you find yourself in the Gloucester Road area looking to banish any degree of hunger, SW7 Brasserie & Bar at the Meliá London Kensington hotel certainly won’t disappoint.
SW7 Brasserie & Bar – Where and How?
SW7 Brasserie & Bar at the Meliá London Kensington hotel is located at 61 Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London SW7 4PE, United Kingdom. For more information, or to make a reservation, click here.
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Some of the dishes at SW7 Brasserie & Bar