A meal at Alyn Williams at the Westbury, Mayfair

A couple of weeks ago I had some VIPs visiting (very important parents) so after a weekend in Ockenden, a delightful dog friendly dinner at Dock Kitchen, I also treated them to a Mayfair night out, since I had been wanting to try Alyn Williams for a while. 

The restaurant is part of the Westbury Hotel, a stone’s throw from Regent street and, sort of expected around here, has an ambience of understated elegance and sober opulence. It’s not very big and it’s pretty welcoming with warmly toned lights and well-spaced out tables.
 

The menu is modern British and dishes are very accurately put together, the flavours absolutely worthy of the recently earned Michelin star. The bread basket was fantastic, the service professional and friendly. They offer tasting menu (at a very reasonable £60) a la carte and a vegetarian a la carte too. I ordered a starter of Smoked egg, truffle and leek vichyssoise from the vegetarian menu.. it was striking in colour (what is with green leeks?) and very delicate. The best starter on the table tho, was ordered by one of the VIP: Orkney scallops, bacon, horseradish; it was spectacular, not only visually, but in flavours. Intense but light, with a fantastic balance of textures, I thought this was one of the most memorable dishes of recent dining experiences. 

I really enjoyed my main, too which was John Dory, girolles. Again, beautifully presented on the plate, full of flavours and delicate texture… as Michel Roux would say.. panache! @bmcboy ordered Devon Ruby Red beef three way (including marrow) and it looked really beautiful. So was the suckling pig dish, full of textures and flavours.

 

@Bmcboy went for Walnut Whip as dessert, given he recently got back into this old fashioned chocolate … Alyn’s version was of course, way better, and really attractive, with a flicker of gold leaf over the top. I ordered a soft sponge Chocolate and mascarpone with passion fruit cake, which was delicious, while one of the VIPs went for the cheese course (£6 supplement), a good way to finish the meal. 

I thought Alyn Williams’ food was excellent. Beautifully presented, creative without being too fussy, with great flavour combination. The scallop dish was simply stunning. 
I cannot wait to be back for more.

Sustainable? I did not specifically asked but the fish on the menu and the clear provenance seems to indicate so

Dog friendly? I really doubt it! 

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