HIT ALL THE RIGHT NOTES.
Set in the 5-star Wellesley Knightsbridge hotel, the Jazz Lounge is an indulgent experience combing opulent Italian cuisine and exceptional live jazz.
The venue is an intimate setting with a dozen tables surrounding the Grand Piano in the centre of the room. The luxurious art deco environment gives me an idea of how the rich and famous would have dined in the 1930’s.
Once seated I had the pleasure of the six course tasting menu to come. This was the real reason I was in the restaurant, as the gastronomic line up could have been specifically written for me.
At a basic level the menu included some of my favourite ingredients:
Course 1. Crab
Course 2. Scallops
Course 3. Duck
Course 4. Cod
Course 5. Lamb
Course 6. Chocolate
The highlights of the tasting menu were definitely the Cornish Crab Salad, Black Rice, Aioli and Seaweed which was simply exquisite. Also, the Homemade Duck Ravioli with Beetroot, Watercress and Demi-Glace was perfectly balanced and I could have eaten another plateful.
“LIVE JAZZ TRIO WERE THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO A FIRST CLAS MEAL”
The service at the Jazz Lounge was up there with the most attentive I have experienced in London and they were very accommodating. The table next to us asked to change a couple of the dishes on the tasting menu and this request was accepted with no fuss.
The entertainment for the evening was a live jazz trio and they were the perfect accompaniment to a first class meal. The singer had a fantastic voice and it was also nice that they were happy to take requests from the tables. I’m informed the performers change regularly, but are all of an equally high calibre. The whole setting is quite formal but it feels like a throwback to a bygone era.
The tasting menu is well placed at 5 courses for £65 or 6 courses for £80. Be aware the live jazz is only available on Friday and Saturday evening. The Jazz Lounge is an ideal place for a special occasion, particularly great to take your partner for a birthday or anniversary.
The Jazz Lounge hit all the right notes – the food was sumptuous, the venue luxurious and the entertainment was flawless.
11 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7LY
020 3668 6530
Nearest Tube Station: Hide Park Corner
Article By: Gurpreet Singh