Few new restaurants (and hotels) will open their doors to as much fanfare as Chiltern Firehouse. The brainchild of the legendary André Balazs, who owns the acclaimed Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Mercer in New York , it’s clear from the moment you approach the flower-adorned courtyard, that this place is going to be something special. Keeping the A-list on their toes, this former fire station is for London dwellers and international jetsetters who rely on more than a jus for their kicks. The restaurant boasts a dream team in the kitchen headed up by Nuno Mendes (of Viajante) and Dale Osbourne (from Heston’s Dinner), a casual, drop-in ambience (though booking is essential – opt for a seat looking into the open kitchen) and well-groomed waiting staff that look like they’ve walked off the catwalk. From a brunch menu of reinvented old favourites, to quirky snacks such as crab-stuffed doughnuts and hearty dinner dishes, which include succulent ribs with hazelnut puree; the Firehouse has it covered. The price to portion size ratio may be a little unbalanced, but as the saying goes, all good things come in small packages.
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