“Catwalkschoolgates is pleased to introduce a new contributor – Nuzy Sayani.
Nuzy and I met when we were pregnant with our now 7 year old sons and over the years have enjoyed many great meals and holidays together.
Nuzy lives in Marylebone and when she is not working as a technology lawyer at IBM she finds time to enjoy life in London an avid reader and theatre-goer, Nuzy likes nothing more than trying out new restaurants and is my first port of call when I want to try something different or plan a special celebration.
Nuzy will share some of her dining experiences with us, starting with a great night out at The Colony Grill Room.”
The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont
We are lucky to live in a city that has so many new restaurants to whet our appetite. The Colony Grill Room, the latest offering from Corbin and King, housed in The Beaumont, their first hotel, is one of them. I am a great fan of Fischers and The Wolseley, so I was looking forward to trying The Colony and it certainly exceeded my expectations.
From the moment I walked into the elegant Art Deco inspired lobby of The Beaumont, I knew that I was in for a treat.
A set of double doors leads you into the American Bar that has a great vibe. It was busy but not crowded and my girlfriends and I enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail (they know how to mix a proper martini – shaken and not stirred) with a spot of people watching. It is Mayfair after all. The decor is in keeping with the 1920s building (a converted garage) and you are immediately conveyed back in time to the glamour and style of the pre-war era. I half expected my fictional hero Hercule Poirot to walk in any minute!
Tom Mackenzie, the attentive reception manager seated us in one of the luxurious red leather booths that is so conducive to conversation and with the great lighting everyone looks fabulous! However there is nothing old-fashioned or stuffy about The Colony. Like its sister restaurants, you get great service and the ambience makes you feel special and yet relaxed.
Rudi, the excellent reception manager at Fischers organised a table for me before The Colony had opened, so I had little information about the menu. The All Day A La Carte menu is a combination of American grill room and European classics. There were no great surprises but a wide choice from crustaceans, salads, American style sandwiches to grilled meats and fish. None of us fancied the Chicken Marengo that was the special of the night but we enjoyed the potted Morecambe Bay shrimp, Caesar salad , a comforting chicken pot pie and the New York strip steak. My Dover sole was perfectly cooked. Leli, the restaurant manager looked after us very well and helped us select lovely wine. She steered us towards a Cote du Rhone Blanc which I will certainly be sourcing.
We managed to leave a little room for dessert and devoured a delicious sherry trifle that was almost as good as the one my sister makes. We couldn’t resist the Baked Alaska that was served with pistachio ice cream, a twist on the traditional.
I would recommend The Colony for a romantic dinner, a night out with your friends or a treat for your parents. The layout also makes it suitable for a business lunch or dinner as the booths afford you privacy. As ever the best ingredient to a great night out is sharing an evening with your closest friends and the hours slipped away effortlessly.
8 Balderton Street
Brown Hart Gardens
020 7499 9499