Koffmann’s at Knightbridge – review
This was our first meal during our recent trip to London and it was also the best. Granted, the menu wasn’t as sophisticated as that of Roux at the Landau, but we enjoyed our meal there immensely as we could relax and enjoyed our evening. (Roux was a bit too formal for our tastes.)
Our evening started with a telephone call to Koffmann’s. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize that the dress code was smart casual and yours truly only packed t-shirts! Hubby talked with the receptionist and we explained the situation but she relented when we said that we would have to cancel the reservation but she insisted that only one of us would be in t-shirt and that she would forward our message to the resto. Hm, I didn’t know what to make of this but we were tired and starving and had previously cancelled our reservation about 5 times on our previous trips to London.
We had the 3 course menu with 2 glasses of house wine for £39 and it was a bargain! The professional staff took great care of us and we couldn’t find fault anywhere.
The bread came promptly with 5 different kinds of freshly baked breads!
The amuse bouche was whitebait and this was extraordinary!!! I have never had whitebait before but these little fish were like nuggets of the sea and perfectly fried! The accompanying sauce was a mild tartar sauce flavoured with tarragon. Absolutely divine! I would have been content having this as the main!
For the first course, I had the boudin or black pudding with chicory and confit grapes. The boudin was very smooth with big strands of meat in it and the chicory was wow! I’m not normally a fan of chicory but this was grilled to perfection and it wasn’t smothered in butter as in most establishments. The confit grapes provided the necessary sourness to the uncious black pudding and I thoroughly enjoyed this first course.
Hubby had the maquereaux or marinated mackerel in white wine. The fish was very lightly marinated and it could’ve been marinated a bit longer to get a firmer consistency but all in all, definitely yummy.
For the main, I ordered the boeuf which was braised beef cheeks in red wine and this was perfect homecooking. Very comforting to eat and the beef was tender and flavourful and the red wine sauce was perfectly seasoned and if I had to complain about something, I could’ve done with a bit more sauce 🙂
Hubby’s main was colin or hake with pearl barley. The hake was perfectly cooked and he extolled endlessly on the virtues of pearl barley!
We were also served a portion of french fries which was kinda weird considering that both our dishes have carbs in them. But these fries were the best that I’ve ever tasted and I will now believe it when the French say that they invented fries (the Belgians also have the same claim!)
Our dessert was dark chocolate fondant and pearl bourdaloue. This was my first time eating fondant and it was tremendous! The portion was huge! The chocolate was dark with a wonderful bitter taste and inside was perfectly moltened chocolate. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish it all!
The pearl bourdaloue was a much lighter dessert and it was equally yummy. The base was of almonds with slivers of pears as the filling.
The house wines were very good and we were given a half glass extra each as we didn’t enough wine left in our glasses to enjoy the desserts properly (according to our waitress). She took proper care of us and I couldn’t believe how good the service was! Kudos also for the extras – whitebait, fries, petit fours!
Everything was perfect and we can’t wait to come back here!