It’s the time of year for Game Hunting. Chef Pascal is a keen hunter and this time of year he likes to make the full use of the game that he hunts like venison.
We had the pleasure of tasting some of the dishes he created on his ” Hunting Menu” at the Hyde Bar in theThe Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel. The Hyde Bar is a lounge bar that is off the lobby of the hotel. The seating is quite private with tables separated by glass partitions. Every table has a plug point and WiFi, big plus points. On several evenings a week, there is a piano player who will gladly play your requests.
The Hyde Bar is also a Whisky Bar with over 130 premium brands on offer. They have a long and comprehensive Whisky menu with the most expensive at £250 a shot, the limited edition aged Dalmuir. In addition, they have a nice selection of cigars too but we didn’t have a chance to sample these.
The menu is not divided into the normal starters or mains. You can choose dishes in any order you fancy so we started with a Pheasant Paillard and Crispy Leg Confit with a Caesar salad. Lovely moist pheasant with a well dressed Caesar.
The Roasted Mallard Duck Breast with parsnips and green peppercorns was sublime. Done delightfully pink, the tender duck pieces and sweet parsnips made a tasty combination.
The bar manager Victor suggested that we pair 2 Dalmore Whiskies with our menu choices. They were the 12 year old and 15 year old . If you find whisky neat is too strong, the flavour really opens up with just a dash of water. If you like it on the rocks, then use these special Whisky Stones
which act like ice but don’t melt to dilute your whisky.
Seeing as they didn’t have any Wild Geese that week, we ordered a couple of Venison dishes instead. Venison Parmentier followed. This had the most unctuous mash studded with chestnuts like hidden gems. The meat was rich and comforting, a real winner.
Venison Steak Hache Oeuf A Cheval was a not so little Venison Burger. A juicy meaty burger patty on a soft bun with a rich duck egg topping. Not for the faint hearted. This was a truly decadent burger, great ingredients and well executed. Although well seasoned, this dish was too gamey for me. If you do come I hear that the Venison meatballs are to die for.
We shared a light and tangy apple pie which had the lightest pastry and a filling with both cooked and fresh apple. It was not a chore to finish this pudding. Will definitely rate it as one of the best apple pies I have had in ages.
So ladies, if you are planning a Christmas shopping trip to Knightsbridge, drop off your other halves here and order them a whisky tasting flight. They will thank you for it. It is also a great place to have a drink if you are in Knightsbridge as it has a lovely ambience and is not too crowded.
The Hyde Bar
The Park Tower Knightsbridge ·
London SW1X 7RN
The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel
EatCookExplore was a guest of the Park Tower Hotel