With the arrival of our much longed for British summer, Restaurant Ours is celebrating the change of season with their newly launched Summer Collection. Although we have been quite lucky with the weather recently (let’s not jinx it!), we all know how unpredictable the British summer can be. Hence the Summer Collection by Restaurant Ours is the perfect summertime solution, bringing the best of the outdoors indoors, for guests to enjoy come rain or shine.
The main entrance to the restaurant has been given a summer makeover, transformed into an enchanting walkway adorned with vibrant and colourful blossoms, that lead through to the restaurant. The main restaurant space is immense and inviting, illuminated by natural light flooding through the large windows, and filled with lush greenery that truly gives the illusion of being outdoors on a fine summer’s day.
We were kindly given a mini tour by the Manager, past their ever-Instagrammable flower wall, and upstairs to their cocktail bar, The Living Room, furnished with plush velvet sofas, from which you have a lovely overhead view of the restaurant below. They also have a private dining room upstairs which would be great to hire for special events.
The Summer Collection of food at Restaurant Ours focuses on offering diners the very best Mediterranean flavours and seasonal ingredients, as well as taking inspiration from head chef Douglas Santi and his culinary team’s recent trip to the Tuscany region of Italy.
In need of a pick-me-up after another long work week, my ‘poison’ for the evening included a couple of drinks from their cocktail selection which had also been given a seasonal twist by their in-house mixologist. Their Absolut Elyx vodka-based Signature cocktails certainly worked down a treat: Refresh to Impress, a refreshing concoction of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, cucumber, finished with a dash of sparkling wine, and a fruitier Made In Chelsea, made with crème de mure, passion fruit puree, fresh berries and prosecco.
We started with a couple of snacks to nibble on to whet our appetites. The Bella di Cerignola olives were crisp and delicately flavoured, which came with a classic selection of focaccia, grissini and sourdough bread. The feta cheese wrapped with crispy kataifi, drizzled with honey and garnished with truffle, although not the main event, was one of my favourite dishes – it definitely kept our expectations high for the rest of the evening.
I have always had a weakness for burrata, and the Burrata d’Andria was just as creamy as I had hoped for, served with vibrant red slices of heritage tomatoes. The Wild Prawns Pil Pil (a sauce of Basque origin made from olive oil, garlic and chilli) were fresh and flavoursome, although I would have personally liked it to have had a bit more of a spicy kick to it. Continuing to satisfy my love of prawns, I was excited to tuck into the Mazzaro del Vallo Prawns large king red Sicilian prawns with linguine, dressed with lemon, that we both very much enjoyed.
The grilled octopus was another favourite dish of mine, nicely seasoned with garlic and served with toasted bread, followed by a decadent crab gratin, the meat light and delicate, complimented by a creamy leek base.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first round of predominantly seafood based dishes, we then moved on to some of their meat offerings. The Cornish lamb cutlets were tender and deliciously marinated with harissa, although its accompaniments could have done with more flavour: the aubergine lacked smokiness and the sesame mayonnaise didn’t really have a distinguishing flavour of sesame to it. The steak was beautifully cooked medium rare as I usually like it, with a nice pink centre, served with chargrilled peppers – definitely a must-order for those who appreciate a good steak. We also tried some side dishes including a creamy smashed potato with truffle butter and truffle parmesan chips, that had the carb-lover in me groaning with satisfaction. The crispy zucchini on the other hand were alas slightly ‘limp’ and could have done with a crispier batter. A couple more of their simple yet satisfying pasta/risotto dishes and we had pretty much reached maximum stomach capacity – gone are the days of my bottomless appetite!
Bursting at the seams, we just about managed to scoff down dessert, rather easily as I always crave something sweet after a savoury meal. Both desserts tasted as good as they looked: a coconut ice cream topped with crunchy meringue and fresh strawberries, and a peach parfait that was the perfect summertime treat.
Overall we had an enjoyable evening filled with good food alongside live music entertainment – a great way to kickstart our weekend.
For the brunch lovers, Restaurant Ours has also launched their brunch menu which includes a choice of starter, main and dessert for just £37.50 per person, with the additional bottomless package option available for an extra £28 per person – surely one to make the list of London’s most Instagrammable brunches!
And because good times shouldn’t only be limited to the weekends, the Summer Collection has some good value offers for every day of the week, including ‘Treat Yourself Tuesdays’ (25% off the à-la-carte menu), ‘Wine & Dine Wednesdays’ (50% off wine and champagne), plus a ‘Cocktail Club’ from 6pm to 8pm all week long, where you can indulge in a selection of Ours’ signature cocktails at £9 each – who doesn’t love a bargain?
A charming hidden gem in the heart of Knightsbridge with a mouth-watering selection to choose from, the Summer Collection certainly has something to satisfy every appetite, where you can enjoy an endless summer, regardless of the weather outside.
- I was invited to review the New Summer Collection at Restaurant Ours – all views and photos are my own.