The Town House restaurant is located in The Kensington Hotel just a stone throw away from the museums in South Kensington. From the moment you step foot on location, you will find yourself in a beautifully decorated townhouse that is worthy of a full spread in House and Garden with its fireplaces and luxurious marble topped tables. It is absolutely stylish but not over the top and you instantly feel more relaxed and at home.
If it tickles your fancy you can start by having a drink at K Bar. On a Wednesday night, the bar was buzzing with a mix of hotel guests and locals meeting up for their favourite tipple. The bar is luxurious and yet feels cosy with its oak panelled walls and inviting sofas and seats in rich royal blue and green colours. They have a nice selection of cocktails and hand picked wines that you can choose from. It’s definitely worth a visit for an aperitif or if you need to escape the busy streets of South Kensington.
Town House recently launched a new menu alongside their indulgent Perrier-Jouet champagne trolley and fine wine selection that can be beautifully paired with your meal as recommended by your waiter. The menu is varied and you are sure to find something to your taste from their refined dishes inspired by global favourites. I am usually not a fan of places that offer dishes from different cuisines but I can say that Town House has changed my mind. They have mastered the creation of these dishes and have added their unique twist. Based on the number of diners and the lovely atmosphere of conviviality surrounding us, I could tell that I was not the only one sold. The menu also has lovely gluten free, vegetarian and vegan alternatives.
On recommendation from our host, we chose some of the most popular dishes as well as some that sounded too appetising to pass.
The entree of tiger prawns was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. The accompanying sauce had a little kick to it and really complemented the juicy and fresh tasting prawns.
The black fig salad with San Daniele ham surprised me again as figs are not my favourite fruit. The saltiness of the ham with the sweetness of the fig was nicely balanced with the Gorgonzola cheese. It was a delight to our taste buds. We sipped on a lovely glass of Perrier-Jouet as we enjoyed our entrees.
As mains, we had the traditional fish and chips as well as the market fish of the day. This was paired with a lovely glass of Italian white wine. Both dishes were again very tasty. They have perfected this classic English favourite as the fish and chips was crispy and fluffy at the same time. The market fish of the day, served with vegetables, was another delight with the perfectly seasoned fish melting in our mouth.
Dessert was the vanilla and hazelnut cheesecake and a decadent chocolate and coconut panacotta and they both satisfied our sweet tooth.
The portions were generously sized and the dishes did not disappoint at all. To be honest I would recommend everything that we had. It is very hard to pick a favourite. I would only say that I personally struggled to finish the dessert as I was very full after all the food that I had. I would also suggest considering the Massaman prawn curry as it is also meant to be another favourite. And if you are a meat lover, there is a selection of steaks and burgers on offer.
Diners lingered around after their meals, having digestifs and continuing the conversations because Town House really feels like a very stylish home away from home.
You can find the Town House in the Kensington Hotel at 109 Queen’s Gate. They are open every day and you can join them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.