When it comes to restaurants, The City can sometimes get a bit of an unfair reputation for being a little empty. So on my daily walk to work from the tube, I noticed that something exciting was happening… A new restaurant seemed to be opening, and so when sThe Kitty Hawk opened, I couldn’t resist popping in for a week night dinner with Amanda!
The Kitty Hawk is actually much more than just one restaurant – with it’s ‘departments of dining’ there’s so much more than just one space. For our dinner we had a table in the downstairs area of the restaurant, where the menu is bursting with more seafood and steak than you can imagine.
As Amanda was a little caught up at work, I ordered two glasses of prosecco from the bar as I admired the tasteful decor. With a combination of leather seats and marble dining tables, The Kitty Hawk has decor as enjoyable as the dishes that they create!
As we enjoyed our bubbles and decided what to order, our waiter brought over a bread basked, accompanied by little dishes of salt and pepper and some really beautiful olive oil. I’m not sure about you, but I really can’t resist warm bread and olive oil, so tucked into the warm white roll with lots and lots of delicious olive oil.
To start, I have to admit I was seriously struggling to choose… With options that include parma ham with melon and fig jam (which is a real favourite of mine), steak tartare, scallop ceviche and a mezze board, I wondered if I should just order a selection of starters for my meal! Amanda opted for the seared Brixham scallops, served with pea purée, crisp pancetta, which was a really wonderful dish. The huge scallops were flavoursome and well, can you ever go wrong with crisp pancetta?
After a lot of indecision, I finally settled on the burrata, lentils and beetroot. And I can easily say that it was a great choice. The creamy burrata, combined with the slightly citrus-y lentils was just what I wanted to start our meal!
Not to mention how beautifully plated it was…
Having tried the seafood to start, it seemed only right that we ordered some steaks for main course! Amanda opted for the rib eye steak and I chose a fillet. The Kitty Hawk’s Ashdale beef is sourced from Alec Jarrett, a family run business in West Country family business. The steaks are then aged for 35 days to give the meat a wonderful taste and to make sure it’s perfectly tender.
With eyes ever so slightly larger than our stomachs (as all steaks are served with beef dripping chunky chips!) we ordered a couple of side dishes to share. The heritage tomato and red onion salad was served with a very tart dressing which I loved, especially as it brought out the flavours of the vegetables.
As our other side we ordered garlic and parsley mushrooms, which are cooked in butter-y goodness!
The Kitty Hawk offers not just a steak and seafood restaurant, but two bars, an all day dining space as well a coffee and patisserie bar (which has become a Friday favourite for a coffee and a treat to mark the end of the week!) as well as private dining spaces for whatever events you might have planned.
As ever, my sweet tooth appeared and as full as I was, I couldn’t quite leave without a little something sweet! I’m a huge fan of affogato, and whenever I see it on a menu, I can’t resist ordering it!
Vanilla ice cream which chocolate chips and wonderful coffee poured all over to make the ice cream melt just a little…
In fact, I think I could have another one now..!
The carnival crunch, which is The Kitty Hawk’s take on a classic Eton Mess with coconut sorbet, rolled in dried raspberry and garnished with British berries, crunchy meringues and strawberry gel was Amanda’s sweet treat of choice! As delicious as it was pretty, it’s a great choice if, like us, you’ve already indulged in your starters and mains but want a little something to end the meal!
With more starters and puddings to try… I think a return visit might be in order!
P.S. The city gem is a Monday – Friday only affair, so give yourself a mid-week treat and head into the city!
11, 13 & 14 South Place
We were guests of The Kitty Hawk.