Cast Iron Bar & Grill
London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW5 0TH
This outstanding restaurant offers a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere to friends, family and colleagues alike. Its stylish, modern decor is smart and refined. The bar is stocked with fine wine and beer, and the easy-going bar area is perfect for everything from quiet drinks to more sociable gatherings before you sit down to dine. The carefully considered lunch and dinner menus change monthly to take advantage of the finest seasonal goods. Dishes are cooked and presented with imagination and immense flair. Chef Kunal Ramtohul is inspired by, and passionate about, only the very best food, and he promotes and adheres to the ethos of ethical sourcing. Under the guidance of Sean Kelly, Marriott’s UK area director of operations, all chefs visit Alec Jarrett’s farm in the West of England – the hotel group’s specialist meat supplier – where each and every portion is cut by hand. Attention to detail sets Marriott chefs and their kitchens apart. As an appetiser, the hearty beef brisket with home-cooked skillet Yorkshire pudding and horseradish sauce is unsurpassed. Slow-cooked to perfection and superbly presented, its depth of flavour was stunning. A lighter alternative to whet your appetite could be the grilled asparagus and crispy egg. The delicate freshness of the greens combined with the wonderfully flavoursome egg alerts your tastebuds to the fact that the best is yet to come. My main course was a beautifully marbled and wonderfully succulent rib-eye steak. One bite of the exquisitely tender, generously sized serving confirmed everything that I had anticipated: it was vibrant, absolutely delicious and full of rich flavours. My guest chose the grilled hake on a bed of rocket with broad beans and tomatoes. Its delicate texture and superb composition is testament to chef Kunal’s search for perfection. When it comes to puddings, you simply must indulge yourself in the decadent luxuriousness of Cast Iron Bar & Grill’s signature double chocolate brownie. We shared this outstanding dessert, which ended our meal with a bang. Offering everything from delightful breakfasts to incomparable lunches and evening meals, Cast Iron Bar & Grill is an exceptional venue at any time of day.