The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 15th December 2010

Aptly named restaurant consultancy, Truffle Hunting, behind the standout Terroirs has turned its attention to Chelsea with brand new Park Walk restaurant and wine bar, The Henry Root. The venue takes its name from the moniker of William Donaldson, the veteran music promoter, hellraiser and raconteur who later re invented himself as satirist and letter writer, Henry Root.

Truffle Hunting is a collaboration of industry stalwarts: Nigel Sutcliffe former Director of The Fat Duck, James Mclean, co-owner and executive chef of the Princess Victoria and Jerome Armit former partner at The Bush Bar and Grill. Taking its decor inspiration from an 80’s wine bar, The Henry Root blends retro and modern design where Donaldson memorabilia such as his book, Brewer’s Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics, takes centre stage.

As at Terroirs, punters can expect a large and competitively priced selection of wines available by the glass, carafe and, of course, by the bottle!

The venue’s head chef Sang Nguyen, who has worked at all manner of top restaurants including Le Gavroche, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons and Gordon Ramsay’s Maze has devised a bistrot style all-day grazing menu from charcuterie and potted meats including Potted black pudding, Bobosse fromage de tete and Ox tongue with parsley dressing to cold small plates featuring Mushrooms a la Grecque and Dorset crab. Maldon rock oysters are a bargain £1.50 each.

Hot dishes see small plates of Artichoke with Dijon vinaigrette, Braised lamb with “boulangere” potatoes and Scallops with cauliflower and raisin dressing and then larger options see an innovative Halibut, crab, coco bean and tarragon stew, Hanger steak with bone marrow and chips and Duck a l’orange with lentils and roasted fennel. And if puddings like Fabulous chocolate tart are anything to go by, we can’t wait for January next year when the venue will open for elevenses and afternoon tea.