Published on January 28th, 2015 | by Sophia Longhi0
Summary: Masters of flavour, from the cocktail glass to the plate. Enjoy being their apprentice.
Knightsbridge, home to exclusive nightclubs, boutique hotels and, of course, the gloriously glittering Harrods, has long been the destination to visit for unrestrained glamour. Just out of the bright lights of the Brompton Road, it was Beauchamp Place, that earned a reputation in the Victorian times for secret liaisons and spicy adventures – and judging by its eclectic collection today of seductive and sleek dining dens – perhaps not too much has changed.
Fine-dining Japanese restaurant, Nozomi, residing at 14-15 Beauchamp Place, certainly encapsulates the street’s covert and alluring spirit. Entering straight into the sophisticated slate-grey bar, there is an air of opulence as my eyes adjust to the dark wood and glossy furnishings – I spot a champagne bucket and glasses on the next table; this is certainly the place to celebrate.
The cocktail list is an exciting collection of Asian-infused classics, and after a chat with the passionate and knowledgeable mixologist, we try a Japanese Old Fashioned and a Ginger Martini. Both of the drinks look incredible – every last detail of their presentation has been considered. The Old Fashioned, made with Yamazaky Whisky and Sake, is lifted with caramel and ginger, bringing a floral, honeyed dimension to the fire of the whisky. The Ginger Martini is definitely a sweet-treat favourite with the ladies and looks dazzling. Later on, we try the refreshing Pomelo Martini, which comprises of pink grapefruit shaken with grapefruit vodka, sake and sweet hibiscus syrup. It comes with a side of crushed chillies to add at your own discretion – definitely the way to kickstart the metabolism.
The bar lounge flows around and up a small set of stairs to the open-plan restaurant, where the chic, clean lines of the decor are continued. This is the kind of place where you sit up that bit straighter and allow yourself to soak up the elegant surroundings and sharp service. When the moment comes to peruse the menu, such is the choice that if you are unsure of what to choose, your waiter will happily guide you to make the perfect selection.
The menu is divided up into five main sections – sushi, dumplings, small dishes, seafood and meat – and we try something from all of them. We start with a selection of fine sashimi – clean, light palate cleansers, which taste so delicate that each piece is best enjoyed slowly, so that every flavour and texture can be experienced fully. The dishes arrive as soon as they are ready, and the freshness from source to kitchen to plate is plain to see – and taste. These are beautiful, artistic dishes, each one an Instagram masterpiece, with every glorious morsel perfectly placed and decorated with a swirl of sauce or a leaf shard, but not needlessly so; the plate is a tasting experience on which you are to work your way around.
Favourite dishes include the flavoursome, smoky Unagi with its sticky caramelised coating (absolutely indulgent) and the crispy seafood dumplings – parcels of delicate seafood, dipped generously into the tangy sauce. Sweet and fleshy seared scallops topped with oscietra caviar are cooked to perfection, with their still-soft centres, and they taste sensational with the sharp, fruity Ume Boshi Relish.
The meat is excellent. We try the Wagyu Beef Tataki, a platter of thinly-cut rose-pink slices; soft as butter in the mouth and lifted by a firey ginger sauce, and the oven-roasted duck breast with a sticky orange miso glaze and divine teriyaki sauce, which satisfies my red meat craving triumphantly. However, the stand-out dish of the meal must be the grilled Black Cod. A gentle press onto the fish and it flakes effortlessly into succulent meaty chunks, which taste sensational coated in Nozomi’s miso glaze. Served with traditional pickled daikon, this dish cannot be missed.
If you have ample time and with no expense to spare, allow the expert waiters to show you around Nozomi’s spectacular menu. Here at Nozomi, they are masters of flavour, from the cocktail glass to the plate. Enjoy being their apprentice.
Nozomi, 14-15 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NQ
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