264 Brompton Rd,
London SW3 2AS
As the Brompton Road tributary feeds into a confluence with Thurloe Place, catching a sighting of Restaurant Ours, a cocktail bar-cum-restaurant, on first passing can be difficult. Wedged between a designer clothing store and Aubaine, the dark cerulean-green exterior of Restaurant Ours occupies a relatively inconspicuous position on Brompton Road. Were it not for the nose of the restaurant jutting out ahead of its neighbours, the discovery of Restaurant Ours may have been a far more protracted process.
Paddling back upstream from Thurloe Place, my dining companion and I were guided through a cavernous nightclub tunnel into the main body of the restaurant. We entered into a vast atrium-like space, where walls were plastered with sprawling vines and huge trees snaked up towards the high ceiling. We were both struck by the sheer expanse of the room and the beautifully manicured horticulture within. Our reaction illustrated as much.
The restaurant divides into a bar and dining area on the ground floor and a mezzanine above. The mezzanine, a lounge area that likely springs into life on Friday and Saturday evenings, does not hang over the dining area in an intrusive way. Rather, it shelters a single row of tables at the far end of the restaurants, offering a degree more privacy to guests who seek it.
As my guest and I perused through the contents of the menu, we struggled to pin Restaurant Ours to a particular cuisine; the restaurant broadly defines itself as British-Euro, but influenced by Asian, Mediterranean and Latin-American sharing styles. Thus, it recommends, in slightly nebulous language, to have ‘four to five dishes per person to share’.
The dishes arrived as they might in a tapas restaurant: the lighter dishes first, followed by the signatures and food from the grill. We started with the smoked wagyu beef tartare with quail egg, horseradish cream and toast (£17.90) and prawn dumplings (£16.20). I concede that these two dishes were not necessarily a harmonious pairing, but they were nevertheless exquisite. The prawn dumplings stood out in particular for their remarkably silky texture.
Graduating onto the mains, our Alaskan king crab for two (£65), lamb cutlets with aubergine (£25.30) and chunky chips with truffle and parmesan (£9.40) continued in the same form as their lighter predecessors. The fluffy white meat that flowed out of the Alaskan king crab’s spindly legs certainly legitimised its regal title and had we not been distracted by the succulent lamb cutlets to its side, another king crab per person to share would be lying in wait.
The chef, Douglas Santi who has only been with the restaurant for two months, has left a distinguished mark on Ours. Mr Santi deserves to be commended for a fantastic selection of dishes, all of which stood out in their own right.