Located in the heart of London’s stylish Knightsbridge on the ground floor of Jumeirah Carlton Tower, The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant is one of the capital’s dining destinations that’s definitely worth a visit having been awarded three AA Rosettes for culinary and service excellence. Situated amidst designer boutiques of Sloane Street and exclusive residences of Cadogan Place, this great British drinking and dining institution opened in 1961, with a full refurbishment to mark its 50th anniversary, and has seen fashions and trends come and go and come back again. Complimenting the decor of the restaurant, the works of Feliks Topolski adorn the walls. This Polish-born British expressionist artist, illustrator and cartoonist was an official British war artist during World War II.The Rib Room Bar is an intimate destination for drinks and bar cuisine, bringing together expert mixologists and contemporary design to evoke a chic ambience of indulgence. The bar serves more than 450 wines and classic to ultra-contemporary cocktails with the largest selection of gins and bitters in the city: there are over 200 combinations to try as well as a new Tailored Gin. Every Thursday and Friday night enjoy live music from New Land Trio and in good weather sit out on the bijou al fresco terrace which offers a cocktail menu and a cigar menu to savour.
The Rib Room’s head chef Ian Rudge has a passion for using only the finest ingredients in the bar and restaurant. The Rib Room Bar is open from 11am until 12.30am Monday-Saturday (from 12pm to 10.30pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays), visit theribroom.co.uk or, to reserve your place at the bar, call 020 7858 7250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SLOAN! Review
Arriving before my dining companion I headed towards the bar to refresh myself with some tasty bar snacks and a nice long cranberry juice. You can see that they are well stocked for those who wish to partake in something a little stronger.
The menu has some classic dishes which do not disappoint. The Rib Room understands that dishes if done well can stand the test of time. Classic dishes at the Rib Room are far from boring. Each dish has been carefully thought out from presentation to the balance of both complex and subtle flavours. You can see why The Rib Room not only has 3AA Rosettes but regulars that come back not just year after year but decade after decade! We began with lobster and roast tomato bisque on top of two succulent Cornish crab ravioli pieces.
That creamy soup covers the crab ravioli. This classic dish is taken to the next level as the ravioli provides a texture to the lobster bisque that sets it apart from a normal creamy soup.
It is not surprising that I chose the scallops. Normally such a dish is served with crispy bacon but The Rib Room serves their scallops on a bed of thick cut organic sweet cured bacon and a butternut squash puree.
The Rib Room is known for it’s steak but we deviated from the obvious choice. The grouse jumped out of the menu, served with game chips and bread sauce. I paired it with a side order of bacon whisky jam and a redcurrent jelly.
The sauce pairings are moreish, you can almost see the succulence of the meat and flavour leaping off the plate once the jus hit the grouse.
My dining companion ordered the lamb…
Don’t forget the lamb jus…
The sides are adequate but I could easily have dived in for second helpings of these accompaniments below…
The goats cheese dauphinoise potato, honey and mustard parsnips and foie gras were generous portions as side dishes.
It nearly prevented us from tasting dessert, but once the menu came it was impossible to say no. I chose the treacle tart…
And my dining companion chose the bread and butter pudding…
We were sent the chocolate delice as a surprise additional dessert, we boxed the last half up and I can honestly say it tasted as scrumptious the next day. A good sign of a delectable dessert.
Some would say chocolate overload… those people would be wrong. These petit fours were the cherry of top of a perfect Sunday!
Special Menu for Rugby World Cup
As a treat for rugby fans, The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at Jumeirah Carlton Tower has revealed an exclusive menu featuring dishes sourced from some of the nations participating in the Rugby World Cup paired with local beers. The host nation’s menu will offer the quintessentially English combination of The Rib Room’s legendary roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding matched with beer from local Greenwich-based craft brewery Meantime. Neighbours from north of the border will be offered Glasgow-brewed Innis & Gunn to enjoy with Aberdeen Angus rib eye steak and Dunsyre blue cheese, while the Welsh Dragons will offer a thirst-quenching Celt House Lager alongside delicious Welsh lamb cutlets with leek and Caerphilly cheddar gratin. Those who wish to see Ireland repeat their RBS Six Nations success will relish a hearty Irish sirloin steak, black pudding and colcannon washed down with their beloved Guinness whilst foes from across The Channel will savour the classic French steak au poivre with pommes frites served alongside the famous Kronenbourg.
Catering for visitors from the southern hemisphere, Argentina supporters will be welcomed with authentic culinary combinations of Quilmes, with a succulent Lomo fillet steak with chimichurri sauce. The Antipodeans hailing from Australia will be tempted by a pint of Cooper’s Pale Ale paired with an exquisite Australian surf and turf dish including wagyu beef. The revered All Black followers will sip Monteith’s Bohemian pilsner coupled with New Zealand green lip mussels cooked in New Zealand chardonnay, garlic and cream.
The Rugby World Cup bar snack and beer pairing menu is available at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant from 18 September to 31 October 2015 and costs from £18.50 per person. To book, visit jumeirah.com/jct or call +44 (0)20 7858 7181.
Taliored Gin at The Rib Room
The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, a go-to for cocktail aficionados across the city, will be launching its own gin blend this month, offering London’s bar-flies a truly unique Summer sundowner. Working with The Cambridge Distillery, the world’s first gin tailor and curator of gins to some of the world’s finest restaurants and institutions including the House of Lords, the new blend is now available to enjoy in the glamorous surrounds of The Rib Room Bar and Rib Room Terrace.
The Rib Room Gin captures botanical distillates of juniper cone, coriander seed, lemon zest, root ginger, orange zest and violet petal. Each of these elements are individually distilled just 1.5 litres at a time under vacuum – a modern technique which enables the soft, floral botanicals to be distilled at room temperature, preserving their delicate aromatics. Chosen for its unique mastery and personal approach, The Cambridge Distillery has created a blend to purvey The Rib Room’s dream gin. A blend fused with ingredients to evoke nostalgia yet invigorate with a contemporary punch. While some of its elements will remain top secret, The Rib Room can disclose just some of the botanical essences sourced to create this ethereal tipple.
For purists, the end result is recommended best served over ice with a splash of tonic while The Rib Room’s master mixologist will also offer up the perfect mix for cocktail lovers.
Renowned for excellence, creating some of the world’s best gins The Cambridge Distillery’s exclusive new bespoke blend adds to The Rib Room’s impressive collection of wines and spirits, one of the best in London and satiating discerning appetites for over 50 years.
For further information visit www.theribroom.co.uk or call 020 7858 7250.