Restaurant Ours | Knightsbridge Restaurant
Last Updated: 16th September 2019
Jokes about the youth of today will never get old.
And Tom Sellers – the chef who opened Restaurant Ours – is absurdly young for a person in his esteemed position. He opened his first restaurant (Story) when he was just 26, vacuuming up awards and a Michelin star just five months later; followed by the vaunted Sussex gastro The Lickfold Inn; before cutting the ribbon on this stunning third venue at the tender age of oh-my-God-he’s-not-even-thirty-yet.
Since then, however, Sellers has moved onto pastures new (or rather, old, since he’s returning to focus purely on Story), unfortunately taking the more daring and inventive flavours of the menu with him. Nevertheless, the place still retains an impressive grandeur in the interiors alone – here’s what you can expect.
You’ll enter, as is common with most restaurants, through the door, before making your way down – as is less common – a 30ft corridor lined with peeling whitewashed walls and an entirely illuminated floor. This might go some way to preparing you for the interiors of the restaurant itself – a truly huge warehouse-style room, with a triple-height ceiling, two bars, and three actual trees. It’s big, to say the least.
You’ll sink into a plush, velvety banquette under one of the aforesaid fairy-lit, full-size trees, and snack on homemade focaccia Pugliese tapenade with olive oil; and halloumi popcorn with burnt tahini mayonnaise as you take in the menu and prepare your mouth (and, er, wallet) for what lies ahead. There’s delicate fish, treated simply like the whole grilled sea bass with olive oil, lemon and roasted potatoes to share between two; smoky grilled meats like the lamb cutlets with harissa crumble and aubergine; and a (fairly pasta-heavy) vegetarian menu, including home-made truffle ravioli, all of which is wrapped up with the likes of churros with dulce de leche and pistacchio semifreddo with dark chocolate crumble.
On Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ holds court in the mezzanine bar overlooking the restaurant, alongside club-style bottle service and theatrical sharing cocktails – signature drinks include the vodka-laced #KISSME and Made In Chelsea, but designated drivers can always plump for “Our Virgins” instead. Luckily, what the drinks lack in name they make up for in substance, and the classics here are well put together.
After all, they never get old, either.
NOTE: Restaurant Ours is open Wednesday to Saturday, with brunch on weekends. You can find out more, and book online, HERE.
Restaurant Ours | 264 Brompton Road, SW3 2AS
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