We at Ikonz were lucky enough to be invited for a 3 course meal at the Brompton Bar & Grill. We walked in and were firstly very impressed with the ambience of the place and the friendly, warm staff there. We enjoyed fruity and refreshing Strawberry Mojito’s to start off whilst we milled over the impressive and tantalising menu. Once the food arrived we were even more impressed as the food was delicious and cooked to perfection.
The award-winning Brompton Bar and Grill is Knightsbridge’s stylish and local bistro offering the finest seasonal cuisine and delicious cocktails. Founded by chef Francois O’Neill in 2009, it has gone from strength to strength and is the ideal place to eat, drink and enjoy regular live music.
The Brompton Bar and Grill is a historic site that has housed a restaurant for over 60 years. Originally a celebrated Greek/Cypriot restaurant, The Brompton Grill became Brasserie St Quentin in 1980 and was one of the first brasseries to arrive in London. It was created by Francois O’Neill’s father, Hugh O’Neill and his cousin, Quentin Crewe, the renowned restaurant critic and rapidly gained an international reputation for its menus and ambiance. They sold the brand and sites to the Savoy Hotel Group in the early 90’s. All the sites and restaurants were sold apart from the brasserie in Brompton Road. 28 years later Francois saw an opening in the market and acquired the site and opened The Brompton Bar and Grill.
The chic décor of The Brompton Bar and Grill merges both the classic with the contemporary so effectively that it was awarded ‘The It Room’ Award at The Tatler Restaurant Awards in 2010. Sleek leather banquettes, a zinc topped bar and modern art pieces are combined with authentic Parisian sketches, crisp white tablecloths and windows looking out on the street, from where diners can watch the world go by.
Seasonality is of vital importance to the dining concept at The Brompton Bar and Grill, with menus changing on a weekly basis. Starters include: Snails with Bacon, Parsley and Garlic on Toast, Steak Tartare and the signatureBrompton Fish Soup. Diners can enjoy mouthwatering mains such as: Grilled Calves Liver with Bacon, Mash and Onion Sauce, Grilled Halibut with Hollandaise or Salsa Verde and Honey and Soy Glazed Duck with Sesame Green Beans. Round off the perfect meal with delicious desserts including Apple and Blackberry Jelly with Damson Ripple Ice Cream, Rhubarb Crumble with Ginger Dessert, and the Brompton’s specialty, ‘Coupe de Churchill’.
The beef served at The Brompton Bar & Grill is unparalleled in both flavour and quality and the roasts served every Sunday have attracted a regular and loyal following. Meat lovers can enjoy everything from Ribeye Steak to Roast Leg of Elwy Valley Lamb with Rosemary Jus and Pork Escalope with Fried Quail Egg, Anchovy and Caper Butter. There is also a set menu available from Monday-Saturday with two courses for £15.50 and three courses for £18.50
The Brompton Bar and Grill’s diverse wine list offers an interesting selection of both Old and New World Wines and is extremely good value, with house wines starting at £3.50 for a glass and £14 for a bottle. The cocktail list offers some classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, Cosmopolitan and Whisky Sour as well as some with a more modern twist such at The Brompton Mojito and the Brompton Lychee Sour.
Downstairs houses a private and comfortable space that can accommodate groups of up to 30 persons for dining and 45 people for drinks and canapés. The Brompton Bar and Grill can offer service with beverage and food for any event, whether social or business, large or small. The basement also hosts monthly live music evenings, predominantly of the jazz variety, which complements the sultry and relaxed feel of the space.
With regards to the unique and stylish venue he has created, owner François O’Neil says:
‘The idea for BBG was conceived in an airplane after a long lunch in Lisbon for my Godfather’s marriage at the tender age of 70. My brothers and I were brought up in Brompton Road. BBG is a neighborhood bistro with British influence. In a very French quarter we formulated an idea to offer British bistro dishes in a modern and comfortable atmosphere. The bar was reinstated, from the early days of St.Quentin, into its prominent position running directly up the side of the dining room. Whether one wants to come in for a cocktail and a plate of devilled whitebait or sit down to a bowl of Brompton Fish Stew we wanted to create a dining room that appealed to all customers. The age group of customers varies from 25-70+ and this is what makes us a unique eclectic restaurant.
I had my christening party in the basement of this restaurant and now I am proud to be running my first London restaurant on the same site.’
The Brompton Bar & Grill, 243 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP
Tel: 020 7589 8005