13 Dec No. 35 at the Hempel
When I am stressed…I eat…
A Saturday night somewhere within my revision period, we sneaked in a quick break to replenish, and so we went to No. 35 at The Hempel, and it was a real treat!
We started in No.31 Lounge Bar with 2 flutes of Taittinger while waiting for the table to be set.
No.31 does not have a lot of space, but is quite interestingly designed with somewhat a soothing feeling. It was a good place to wind down my stressed mind amidst all that revision.
We then proceeded to No.35 (those are the actual door numbers of this building) for the main event: the food!
Hand dived Scottish scallops! I just realised that we have a tendency to order scallop when dining out, hmmm… Back to the dish, the roasted scallop is great. Lovely flavour with the texture well maintained. In case you are wondering, the other part of this is smoked black pudding, which I would not normally have. However, to my surprise, I actually quite liked it!
Pork belly confit with caramelised parsnip, spatzle, kale and pomegranate. Tender meat and fat streaks that melt in your mouth, with a little crispy skin to balance the texture. A great energy booster it was.
Being a desert lover as I am, this is just essential! Above was a saffron poached pear with honeycomb, honey & yogurt panacotta. Warm, not too sweet with a little sourness, mouthwatering!
I could not describe the tastes in as much details as I would like too. I should not have left it so long to write about it I know, but it was revision time and the computer to me was off-limit…but I can say that it is a place I will gladly visit again. Maybe a mid-autumn day next time to enjoy the garden in front of it as well.
Restaurant No.35 at The Hempel
35 Craven Hill Gardens
London W2 3EA
Tel: +44 207 298 9000