You can discover Bellamy’s tucked away just off Berkeley Square. This classic Parisian brasserie’s food is just as subtle and elegant as its location. The menu is brimming with exquisite French cuisine delivered with understated British charm. An alluring interior features mirrors, brass rails and table lamps; it’s a stylish and sophisticated environment in which to relish fine French food.
We started our evening in the cocktail bar with an expertly mixed Old Fashioned and a Margarita. After being seated at our table, starters swiftly arrived. I was curious to sample the smoked eel mousse, which had a wonderful gentle smoky flavour. My partner tucked into a beetroot and goat’s cheese salad.
For the main course I chose the veal sweetbreads meunière. The tender morsels melted in the mouth with a buttery smoothness that tailed off to a lemony finish. My partner’s monkfish cheeks went down a storm – the saffron and caper sauce a harmony of delicate flavours.
Presentation is important at Bellamy’s, and my dessert of île flottante – meringue afloat a generous serving of crème anglaise – looked delightful. Opposite me, a glistening chestnut éclair was devoured with great enthusiasm. I managed to steal a spoonful and I don’t blame her at all for guarding it so closely.