From the stables of Peyton & Byrne,The Wallace restaurant is hidden in a national gallery amidst an historic London townhouse presenting 18th-century French paintings, furniture and porcelain, considered to be amongst one of the best collections in the UK. From the moment you arrive at the breath-taking building you feel like you are about to embark on an incredible experience.
The restaurant itself is in a tranquil setting beneath the stars, flooded with natural light and organic sporadic plants within a courtyard. The Wallace restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea daily, but to really experience the beauty of the restaurant you will need to visit on a Friday or Saturday evening. The restaurant re-launched on the 16th November 2014 and offers al fresco dining without being outdoors, creating a spacious, airy atmosphere.
We were greeted by the doorman who walked us through one of the rooms of the collection, and into a magical, peaceful, open space, and were then greeted by the friendly waiter who walked us to our table. The menu comprises modern French cuisine. For guidance, we spoke to Larraine who has been the general manager at The Wallace restaurant for 9 years, and truly loves being part of such an incredible hideaway. Whilst enjoying a glass of Champagne, Larraine recommended a selection of dishes on the menu that would complement the waiter’s suggested wine – Chateau De La Miran De Picpoul De Pinet 2013, £25.
To start, the crab tian was mixed with lemon mayonnaise, cherry tomatoes, radishes and crispy soda bread. This was beautifully cooked and melted in your mouth; a very refreshing yet tasty starter that I would highly recommend everyone trying!
Pate de campagne with fig jam, soured mushrooms and toasted sourdough bread was a well-presented dish, and full of delicious flavours.
A simple yet elegant dish, the roasted cod came with turnips, sweet chard and fish jus. As your knife pierces the crispy outer layer of fish and releases a cloud of hot air, you can set your eyes on the perfectly cooked cod inside, while the sweet chard really added to the flavours of the fish.
For the meat lovers out there, you have to try the roasted goose breast with red cabbage, parsnips, cranberry sauce and cinnamon dust, bursting with flavour. The rich meat juices blend with the cranberry sauce, not to mention the festive taste of cinnamon; a generous portion with an addictive taste that leaves you wanting more.
For dessert, tangerine parfait, pomegranate and yoghurt meringue showed rich colours and bold flavours, bringing a refreshing taste after the meal.
A French cheese selection to finish, accompanied by a small glass of dessert wine was the perfect end to a delicious meal.
In a stunning hideaway, The Wallace restaurant is the perfect setting for all occasions: from a romantic meal to casual dining with friends. The food and service presented a lovely experience, and in my opinion, it is not far off being London’s best kept secret.
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN