Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, on the corner of Sloane Street and Cadogan Place – The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant has been feeding and entertaining customers and visitors to this part of town for over 55 years since. Walking in from Sloane Street you can’t miss the restaurant which sits at the front of Jumeriah Carlton Tower Hotel. Enter the restaurant and you’ll discover the most magnificent marble-topped bar for sipping on cocktails, plush green leather chairs and decadent mirrored walls. It’s all very Gentleman’s club inside, with a nod to the classic American steakhouse.
We started at that marble adorned bar first with an expertly prepared signature cocktail. The “Encore” was a blend of Dewar’s whisky, plum & cherry shrub, Pedro Ximenez sherry and Allspice bitters. I’d return for a few too many of these at the bar alone.
There’s a great little outdoor terrace too which is the perfect place to cuddle up in the Winter or bask in the mid-day sun during the Summer over a light bite, cocktail or cigar from the large selection on offer.
Executive head chef here is Simon Young who has been overseeing the The Rib Room kitchen since 2003, Over the years Simon has developed some signature classics which customers have fallen in love with and one of those is the iconic prawn cocktail. Plump juicy prawns, home-made Marie Rose sauce and crunchy cos lettuce. Not to mention a good helping of caviar on top.
Better still for me was the sashimi grade tuna poke with seaweed and pickled ginger. The tuna really was exquisite and the quality couldn’t be faulted. The flavours and acidity left our mouthes watering and the freshness made for such a perfect beginning to our meal. A bit of a bargain too at just £14.50, especially given the quality and quantity.
Back when the restaurant first opened in 1961, it was famed for its gargantuan servings of thick slabs of roast beef and after more than 50 years, it still serves the same offering to this day. Something we couldn’t resist trying ourselves. As promised, a very large and very tick slab of perfectly cooked roast rib of beef from Donald Russell was served with a huge Yorkshire pudding, side of crispy roast potatoes and horseradish on the side. Better still is you can sample this meat offering every Sunday from the restaurants new Sunday lunch menu. Priced at £55 per person you can grab yourself 3 courses, Red Snapper cocktail and a free ride home! More details on that HERE.
Another excellent choice was the 250g of USDA Sirloin. Again the meat was perfectly cooked, cut through like butter and actually the flavour and quality far exceeded my expectations. It may only just be 2018, but it’s the best piece of steak I’ve had so far. All meat grills come as standard with an oven roasted steak tomato, grilled Portobello mushroom and steak chips. As well as a choice of Rib Room sauces. I opted for the Bloody Mary ketchup.
A scoop of vanilla ice cream later and what is probably the best banana soufflé I’m likely to set my eyes (and lips) upon. Fluffy, light, decadent. There was no sogginess here or undercooked pockets, but instead it was like eating a soft cloud which was made even more delicious with a scoop of gianduja ice cream.
I really loved our evening here at the Rib Room Bar & Restaurant and my only regret is not having come here sooner. If you know me well then you’ll understand my obsession for outdoor terraces and a cheeky cigar – so I can’t wait to come back and experience both of them, along with a few dishes from the bar menu. Though not before heading back to try that new Sunday roast menu.
For more information on that delicious Sunday roast offering or indeed our evening meal, visit the restaurants website for more details HERE.