Hatchetts is a bar and restaurants in Mayfair Shepherd Market which is a few minutes walk from Green Park tube station. The bar is located upstairs with the main restaurant downstairs.
Although, being in the heart of Mayfair, this place is casual. It does not have a grand feeling to the place. and instead the decor was like an old market stable look.
The menu at Hatchetts restaurant is based on modern British food using British ingredients. One page covered all the starters, mains and dessert.
For starters I begun with the Celeriac “Risotto” Braised Hereford Snails, Hedgerow Garlic (£7.50). The celeriac did resemble risotto and worked well with the snails. Although the dish was full of wonderful flavour of garlic and butter, I felt it was slightly on the salty side.
The Devonshire Crab & Nectarine Salad, Brown Crab Mayo, Cucumber, Samphire & Borage (£11.50) was a refreshing starter that was like a salad. The combination was interesting with sliced apples and crab meat.
The mains are split in to two sections, from the grills and from the sea. I choice a main from the sea – Chicken Glazed Cod, Steamed Cockles & Clams, Seaweed Jelly & Crispy Sea Shore Findings (£13.50). The presentation of this dish was impressive and reminded me of the sea-shore.
I found the fish over-cooked but is this how the texture of this dish was intended to be, as it was described as chicken glazed cod. If it was, than it was succeeded, as the cod indeed had the meaty texture of a chicken breast. However, I prefer my fish to be a silky and moist in texture which this cod did not have. The fish itself did not have much flavour, which balance out well with the other ingredients on the plate that was more seasoned.
The crispy sea-shore findings I found the texture was on the tough side. I was expecting that it would be crunchy like biting in to crisps or tempura.
From the grills there are a variety of meat dishes and my favourite was the 12oz Shorthorn Ribeye on the Bone with Lyonaisse Potatoes & Bone Marrow Gravy (£24). This dish was full of flavour and the Lyonaisse potatoes compliment the steak.
Another beef dish on the menu was the 8oz Ballindalloch Fillet Steak, Pan Haggerty & Scottish Girolles. Friends found this slightly on the salty side otherwise every thing else was nicely executed.
Slow Braised then Charred Tudge’s Pork Belly, Choucroute & Apples (£16) came with a generous portion of meaty pork belly that had a crispy skin. I did find the meat was on the dry side. But the main thing that did let this dish down was the bedding that the pork belly sat on which to us tasted burnt.
We completed our meal sharing the dessert which I felt was the least interesting section of the menu. Usually the dessert menu is the one that captures me the most and the most exciting part of a three course meal.
The Dark Chocolate Marquis with Milk Chocolate Mousse, Cherry Glaze & Cherry Sorbet (£7) will please those who like their chocolate. This was a chocolatie dessert with the cherry sorbet making a good partner on the plate. The sorbet helped balanced out the dark chocolate marquis.
Buttermilk Pudding & Poached Rhubarb with Rhubarb & Hisbiscus Sorbet (£7) was the dessert that I was least keen. The poached rhubarb was hidden in the buttermilk pudding, but it needed a knife and fork to cut through the rhubarb. Unlike the chocolate dessert this had more of a tangy flavour.
Overall, the presentation of each dish was beautiful and they were good decent portion size for the price. But I did felt some of the dishes could had been better executed.
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No. 5 White Horse street,