Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel is a restaurant that promises beautifully prepared seasonal fare in a beautiful Knightsbridge location, it was established as a replacement to the hotel’s previous HIX Belgravia.
With a kitchen headed by Sophie Michell of TV’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ fame, she promises a ‘distinct style’ of light seafood, drawing inspiration from Californian, Australian and Mediterranean sources. Based around seasonal fare, done simply, this passion for food suggested an eclectic range of dishes which piqued our curiosity instantly. Coupled with an interior, designed by Tara Bernerd, the venue promised an elegant evening ahead. With our expectations well and truly raised, we were curious to see whether Pont ST would meet them.
Starting off with some drinks on the roof terrace was a perfect way to ease ourselves into the menus, perusing an extensive wine list before having a look over Michell’s creations. Keen to sample the food we headed into the main restaurant where we were impressed with the elegant interior; charcoal, emerald and velvet colours streaked against mahogany and white marble tones.
Overall the food had some great highlights with generous portions of Slow Cooked Pork Belly cooked to perfection, and the flavours positively burst through the Venison Loin. With an already established seafood reputation, we weren’t surprised about the Sea Bass, which was cooked perfectly, or the Scallops Ceviche which was a ten out of ten. However there were a couple of downfalls to the dinner which included an unusual combination of over-sized chunks of parmesan drizzled in truffle oil as a small plate and a rogue encounter with an undercooked quail’s egg. Michell is well known in terms of culinary style for bringing things back down to basics though, and in terms of freshness and flavour, she scores highly on both counts for the most part.
Generally, Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel makes for an enjoyable lunch or dinner to the credit of Sophie Michell, and with some tweaking we think this could be a serious contender in the London dining scene.