The last few days have been some of the best in recent memory. Not only were Caroline and I invited back to stay at our favourite hotel, Rosewood London but we also got to dine at the hotel’s highly acclaimed restaurants, Scarfes Bar and Mirror Room.
After two incredible meals, Caroline and I headed off to the Vuelio Blog Awards at 9pm where my blog won Best UK Food & Drink Blog!
That would never have been possible without all of you who have read my blog over the years and hugely talented friends like Chef Palash Mitra – Head Chef of Scarfes Bar. Palash has shared recipes with me over the past couple of years that have been some of the most popular on my blog. He really knows his stuff.
If you’ve ever eaten at Scarfes Bar, you’ll know what I mean. If not, I’m telling you… it’s a restaurant and bar not to be missed when you are in London. It’s just a short walk from Covent Garden.
After our first visit to Scarfes Bar back in May 2014, Caroline and I knew we were in for a real treat. It was the same beautiful place but this time we got to enjoy the Christmas decorations that were so tastefully arranged around the Rosewood London and Scarfes Bar.
Palash invited me to the kitchen at 11.00 to watch him and his team prepare some of the delicious dishes that would be served that afternoon. I’ll be sharing the recipes he showed me in future posts so watch this space!
After my lesson with Palash in the kitchen, Caroline and I sat down for lunch. Scarfes Bar is a lively and popular bar in the evening so the main menu is currently only served at lunchtime.
The service was fantastic. Kelsey, Keisha and assistant manager Greta really took care of us. They were all friendly and made the experience even nicer. It makes a real difference when the service team seems to enjoy their jobs and they were all such positive assets to the running of Scarfes Bar. I thought they needed a mention.
First up, were two of Scarfes Bar’s famous cocktails. Then came the first course: a selection of starters that were to die for.
Beautifully presented on a banana leaf lined cricket bat were some of the most tasty canapés along with Palash’s world famous club sandwich. The club simply has to be tried.
Filled with chicken tikka, pulled pork, cheese and Palash’s own homemade tomato chutney, it’s heaven on a plate. Then there were the Bangla scotch eggs, lobster filled momos, gun powder chicken and moreish mutton chops. All of these served with a homemade raita and mild chilli chutney. As you can see, it was such a colourful presentation and every bite delicious.
Next came the tandoori sharing platter and we got to try some of the delicacies Palash had showed me how to prepare earlier in the kitchen. Let’s see, there was murgh malai tikka – tender chicken tikka that had been marinated in saffron, cream and cardamom and mace powder. The flavours all worked together so well. Then there was the Soa rawas – salmon marinated in dill, Kasundi Bengali mustard and yogurt which was Caroline’s personal favourite. There was also a fantastic tandoori prawn taster but I’m not going to tell you about that one yet. You’ll have to check back when I show you how to make these amazing tandoori prawns at home.
After a delicious palate cleansing sorbet and another couple of Scarfes Bar’s amazing cocktails, out came the main course. We were presented with two thalis of butter chicken, creamy paneer curry and a perfectly spiced Kundan Kalia – Hyderabade lamb stew with saffron and crème fraîche. These were served with Palash’s Kerelan beef biryani, dal makhani, naans and fragrant white rice.
To finish this incredible feast, Palash sent out a selection of Scarfes Bar desserts. Oh my God they were good! Mango pudding, ginger cheesecake topped with fresh Yorkshire rhubarb and a crème brûlée that will go down as one of the best I’ve ever eaten.
Scarfes Bar is open for lunch from from 12.00 to 3.30pm. In the evening there is a selection of snacks available to enjoy with your drinks as well.
Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood London
252 High Holborn
Open Monday – Saturday: 12pm to late, Sunday: 3pm to late
Disclaimer: Caroline and I were guests of Scarfes Bar. I couldn’t recommend this restaurant more! Thank you so much to Palash and everyone who helped make this such a lovely afternoon.