Truffle-inspired dishes at Sackville’s
If you thought burgers were just fast food, think again. Alex Dene visits Sackville’s Bar and Grill in Mayfair to discover the joys of meat and truffle
With just three black diamonds on the sign
above its entrance, Sackville’s, the new bar and grill at 8a Sackville Street, opened with an air of mystery earlier this year that is certainly worth investigating.
Begin with a drink in the basement in the classy cocktail bar with drinks created by the award-winning mixologist Monica Berg, who previously worked at Jason Atherton’s acclaimed Pollen Street Social.
Try the Benefits of Early Risers, with fennel and lemon-infused vodka, which delivers maximum refreshment or, for something more fruity, go for Bubbles are Forever with rhubarb liqueur and Champagne.
The restaurant, on ground level, is an intimate and sophisticated dining room, with exposed brickwork, eclectic wall mirrors and banquettes, upholstered in turquoise and moss-green velvet. There are also four seats available overlooking the open kitchen for those seeking a little culinary theatre.
The straightforward yet sumptuous meat and truffle-based menu is overseen by head chef Wayne Dixon, formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and, with black truffles sourced from Croatia’s Istrian peninsula and beautiful cuts of prime beef, it’s difficult to go wrong.
Starters include an Angus steak tartare, delicate beef carpaccio and the playful Truffle Hunt, which combines grilled wild mushrooms, truffle salami and truffle dust. For the main course, there’s a tempting array of steaks: try the USDA rib eye, or opt for one of the delectable gourmet burgers such as George’s Black Burger with a wagyu beef patty, foie gras mousse and truffle mayo, or the Fat Pat with two patties (both wagyu and Angus) with crisp peppered pancetta and Emmental cheese.
This isn’t for the faint-hearted, because the accompaniments include mac and cheese, fries or creamy mash, all delicately laced with truffle. If further indulgence is required, there’s an excellent selection of desserts on offer, mercifully with no truffles in sight. Meat does still influence to some extent, however, with the chocolate fondant ‘burger’ or, if you’re looking for something more refreshing, the boozy tequila lime pie packs a serious citrus punch.
Among Mayfair’s many high-end restaurants, it’s not an easy task for newcomers to stand out and, while Sackville’s may not be pushing the boundaries in terms of culinary technique, its expert handling of quality ingredients shines through. It’s a must-try for any foodie with a love of luxury. 8a Sackville St, W1S 3DF. T: 020-7734 3623. www.sackvilleslondon.com