Gazelle | Mayfair Restaurant
Tony “the Heston Blumenthal of cocktails” Conigliaro wants to be the Heston Blumenthal of food too, it seems.
Because after opening six cocktail bars, he’s finally caved, and has made lucky number seven a restaurant.
It’s called Gazelle, and it’s in Mayfair. And it’s got no small amount of slick flair. For one, it’s only accessible via the private elevator from the street. Then, once you get inside, you’ll notice that the venue itself has wrapped its distinctly midcentury vibe in luxuriant touches like red velvet chairs, marble tables, and gold fittings.
The menu here is innovative right from the get go, ordering all the dishes by flavour profile – light & delicate dishes start on the left, and move through to more intense & heavy numbers on the right, with the stuff in the middle straddling the two extremes. Tony has enlisted the help of an ex-El Bulli chef – Rob Roy Cameron – to rustle up the food, and make sure it all pairs well with his drinks.
The plates are relatively small, so you’ll be recommended to get at least three per person, and the cost can rack up quickly, especially after a cocktail or two, so watch out. They include the likes of tender, ribboned squid mixed with girolle mushrooms (light); some hearty halibut with orange & elderflower (medium); and a succulent cut of beef dusted with juniper & salted plum (rich).
Head up the spiral staircase above the restaurant you’ll find a moodier, darker bar area scattered with plush sofas. It’s here that you’ll find the most important element, being the cocktails that Tony C became famous for doing so stunningly well. Built to be a separate entity from the restaurant, the bar has it’s own floor decked out with palette of dark greens & blues, and you can pop in for a casual drink should you want to.
Taking the luxe-ball and running with it, the drinks start with a list of Champagne cocktails (including the Twinkle, with bubbly, vodka, and elderflower), before moving onto the classic numbers (there’s a Harvard cocktail with brandy & vermouth), and ending up with the house originals – the Dreaming of Salmon offsets its whiskey with a little plum, and the Babydoll brings rum & rhubarb together with lemon.
There’s even a dedicated bar menu available…
…if you fancy a graze.
NOTE: Gazelle is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Gazelle | 48 Albermarle St., W1S 4DH
Want to see what else Tony’s been up to? Check out Bar Termini…