Snoop out this peanut cocktail
KATHERINE CLEMENTINE eats at No 11 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NA Tel 020 7730 6784
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