Heddon Street Kitchen – the new all-day restaurant and bar by Gordon Ramsay Group – is now open for business. It's a large and rather dashing restaurant spanning two floors, kitted out with a mix of vintage and modern leathers, machismo woods and squeaky-clean steel.
Enjoy paired tastings at the interactive wine counter; chill out with daily-changing scoops from the ice-cream bar; take in the theatre of the open-kitchen from a banquette; or people-watch with a cocktail from the comfort of the lounge bar. All day dining doesn't get much classier.
Leading the show is Head Chef Maria Tampakis – formerly of Bread Street Kitchen and the three-Michelin-starred Jean-Georges in NYC – who will be serving up breakfasts and post-shop pit-stops through to working lunches, dinner dates and after-work cocktails.
Start the day in a perfect way with the likes of blueberry buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup; avocado on pumpernickel toast with poached egg and mustard mayo; or even a full English breakfast. Weekends are all about decadent and leisurely brunching: served until 3pm, there's no rush as you enjoy the likes of steak and eggs or an English lobster roll with cocktails like Marmalade Fizz and the Corpse Reviver No 2. Sure to set you up for the day ahead.
Lunches and dinners offer bags of choice – whether popping in for a quick bite between meetings or enjoying a more relaxed affair over wine with friends. Stand-out starters include king crab and apple cocktail, tamarind-spiced chicken wings, prosciutto-laden pizzette and a beautiful baked ricotta tart.
Signature mains, meanwhile, include stone bass with avocado purée; slow-roasted Dingley Dell pork belly with spiced apple sauce; king crab thermidor; and a short-rib beef burger with marrowbone and hickory-smoked bacon ketchup. Impressive! The accompanying chips – thick and golden – come with just the right amount of crunch.
The desserts won't leave you disappointed, there's a fondant that oozes molten chocolate; a razor-thin pineapple carpaccio that's zesty and light on the waist – or choose from a selection of flavours from the dedicated ice-cream bar with a choice of dozens of toppings. There's even grown up milkshaes: the Mad Hatter's Tea Party is made with Earl Grey-infused Bombay Sapphire, strawberries and vanilla ice-cream, while the Breakfast Of Champions does what it says on the tin with a dizzying blend of Grey Goose, peanut butter, banana and vanilla ice-cream. Certainly not for kids!
Book now and enjoy seasonal, modern European fare spiked with Asian influences, fine wines by the glass, carefully-crafted cocktails and rotating ice-creams – all secreted away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Regent Street.
Heddon Street Kitchen, 3-9 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BN
020 7592 1212