Snoop out this peanut cock­tail

KATHER­INE CLEMEN­TINE eats at No 11 Pim­lico Road, Lon­don SW1W 8NA Tel 020 7730 6784

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

SIT­U­ATED in the af­flu­ent Bel­gravia dis­trict, No 11 Pim­lico Road of­fers a cool and ca­sual hang­out away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of nearby Vic­to­ria.

Ver­sa­tile enough to use as a spring­board for a great night out on the town, or set­tle in for the en­tire night, my plus one, Tom, and I chose the lat­ter and en­joyed a re­laxed evening.

The in­te­ri­ors had an in­dus­trial min­i­mal­ist look with homely touches and comfy so­fas. We were perched on a ta­ble for two away from the main bar, nes­tled by a fire­place.

First glances of the week­day and evening menu had me ex­cited for the night ahead as I could mix and match sev­eral of my favourite foods pre­sented in dif­fer­ent ways.

On scour­ing the menus, our eyes im­me­di­ately turned to the cock­tail of­fer­ing, and as a lover of peanut but­ter in all its forms I had to try the hot peanut but­ter rum: spiced Doorly’s, Coin­treau, house-made peanut but­ter syrup, and Fee’s whiskey bit­ters (£9.50).

The com­fort­ing drink soothes with a layer of cream, gives a boozy hit and leaves a silky peanut af­ter­taste.

Tom re­ally en­joyed his choco­late Man­hat­tan: Rit­ten­house Rye, Coc­chi di Torino, choco­late bit­ters – (£9.50), which he said was a wel­come twist on a clas­sic.

Our wait­ress kept us topped up with chilled cu­cum­ber wa­ter through­out the evening, which was a nice touch.

Choos­ing from the small & shar­ing sec­tion of the menu, I opted for baba ghanoush and lab­neh with flat­bread (£6.50).

I was con­fused to be served what was closer to a paratha, rather than tra­di­tional flat­bread, and sadly left the dip for Tom as I found it cold and slimy in texture.

He chose pork and fen­nel meat balls, in a tomato and Parme­san sauce (£7.50). A rich sauce ac­com­pa­nied hand-made and gen­er­ously sized meat balls.

Af­ter a shaky start food-wise, the mains re­cov­ered ten­fold, as I thor­oughly en­joyed my choice of hal­loumi and cour­gette burger with mint and cu­cum­ber lab­neh (£10.95).

The bun was soft yet crispy with deep fried hal­loumi of­fer­ing a per­fect pair­ing to my lo­cal beer, shaken up by a re­fresh­ing driz­zled sauce.

The sheer size of my burger meant I couldn’t fin­ish my chilli lemon gua­camole salad side or­der (£4.50), show­ing the mains alone would pro­vide a good value meal to start a night out.

Tom de­voured the chicken and chorizo sch­nitzel with remoulade and fries (£14.95), even manag­ing a side or­der of truf­fle mac­a­roni cheese (£4), which he de­scribed as ‘heav­enly’ and rec­om­mended it to the ta­ble next to us.

As a veg­e­tar­ian, and in­trigued by the prom­ise of be­ing suit­able for ve­g­ans and those with gluten in­tol­er­ances, I chose ‘free from ev­ery­thing’ on the menu – poached pear, fresh fruit and ve­gan meringue at £6.50.

I was im­pressed that all needs had been catered for but the dish did lit­tle to ex­cite.

A much safer op­tion is the dark choco­late mousse with brownie base, ha­zlenuts, and salted caramel sauce (£6.75), which my plus one hap­pily tucked into de­spite claims he was full five min­utes ear­lier!

Though a self-pro­claimed ‘bar with great food of­fer­ing’ its menu could com­pete with many restau­rants in the area.

n BUT­TER ME UP: Hot peanut but­ter rum, pork and fen­nel meat­balls, choco­late mousse and chilli lemon gua­camole salad at No 11 Pim­lico Road

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