Sherlock’s Bar & Grill, Baker Street

Nestled right in the heart of bustling Baker Street and a five minute walk from the retail bedlam of Oxford Street, Sherlock’s Bar & Grill had much to live up to. Well let’s be honest, it has its fair share of competition. With Selfridges Food Hall only a skip away (swoon), and yet another chain pizzeria across the road (not so swoon), it wouldn’t be hard to walk straight past the unassuming entrance.

But that would be your first mistake.

Inside, the welcoming scent of doughy bread and soft lighting drifted our tired feet towards our ever so charming, and impeccably dressed server, who nestled us down for the evening. The child in me was only slightly disappointed he wasn’t wearing a deerstalker hat and smoking a pipe, but still, first impressions were good. The open plan diner overlooked the bustling charcoal grill and mesquite wood-oven creating a relaxing ambience so that we barely noticed the time go by before food was served.

Starter was soup. Oh the soup. I still have daydreams about it. Comforting courgette and thyme, topped with a sharp drizzle of lemon oil and a basket of mixed bread (the hazelnut multigrain was fought over with impish glee, it was THAT good). Likewise the autumn vegetable salad with tangy Somerset goat’s cheese and apple salad was generously portioned for a starter and transported me back to my grandad’s greenhouse. So simple but so organically fresh, I could have happily had a second helping for my main.

Instead I opted for a Scottish salmon fillet sitting on the freshest bed of peas, broad beans and creamy pearl barley while the boy had Gloucestershire free range chicken breast with field mushrooms and wild garlic sauce. Now this is where the ‘grill’ part steps up. So deliciously charred and crispy was my salmon skin that it may have outshone the plump and tender fish itself. Wonderfully simple again, no overpowering spices, just simple seasonal flavours working well together. From what I can gather, the chicken was very good too, so good in fact, I was begrudgingly only offered a taste once! Dessert was apple tart tartin: a sticky, sweet caramel offering, and a smooth vanilla crème brûlée under a brittle crisp topping.

Awarded with an AA rosette, the hotel is partaking in London Restaurant Festival (1-15 October 2012) celebrating the best of the city’s culinary offerings. The menu sampled was from a limited edition festival prix fixe set menu offering three courses for £20. With such wonderful, locally sourced, organic ingredients on offer for tremendous value, I suggest you all put your detective hats on and scout out this hidden gem.

Sherlock’s Bar & Grill
Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes
108 Baker Street

Tel: 020 7958 5211

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