André Balazs’ latest offering attracts a distinctly well-heeled crowd. Housed in an old Grade II-listed fire station, Chiltern Firehouse’s industrial American feel is echoed in its terrific menu. Low-hanging filament lamps look down on the cavernous room, pulling together muted tones and marble-topped tables. The vast open kitchen is run by gourmet hero Nuno Mendes who aims to please with every course and crudité.
Unique, experimental arrangements are Nuno’s forte. A smoky chipotle pulp enlivens celestial steak tatare, crab-stuffed doughnuts push flavour boundaries and don’t get us started on the apple panna cotta. Each aspect of this hot new haunt has been so perfectly executed it’s no wonder A-list come flocking. Round off your evening with a tour of the adjoining hotel. Expected to open before July, it’s set be superb.
Top table: For a ringside seat, the tall chairs overlooking the kitchen; for a spot of romance, you can’t go wrong with the booths.
Dress code: The place is teeming with city slickers all jostling for a table. Dress to impress for more chance of jumping the queue.
1 Chiltern Street
020 7073 7676