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

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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.sackvilleslon­

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