Founded in 1982 Motcombs has become somewhat of an institution and is one of Belgravia’s most famous restaurants. Today the restaurant plays host to a brasserie and bar upstairs and subterranean restaurant downstairs. The restaurant is synonymous with famous faces from actors to politicians.
Located on Motcomb street, this Belgravia institution saw the opening of the Supper Club in February this year, under the new ownership of Ross and Jax Anderson. Open Wednesday to Sunday you can expect a high-end menu, cocktails, an extensive wine list and live music. The cocktail list is comprised of 1920’s inspired drinks such as Negroni’s and there is live jazz on Thursday’s as well as DJs over the weekend.
Walking through the main restaurant and downstairs to the Supper Club, I felt instantly at home upon entering the concealed space. The Supper Club has an old school feel with dim lighting, white table cloths and an abundance of eclectic artwork upon the walls. A slight juxtaposition with the jungle inspired décor of the basement however it seemed to work.
The menu is a combination of classic dishes such as dover sole and baked Alaska as well as some foodie favourites including the blackened miso cod. Most of dishes take their inspiration from French, British and Italian cuisine however the menu remains small.
Red wine in hand it was time to peruse the food. Lobster or prawns with spaghetti is a certified winner for me on any menu. The Supper Club was offering Lobster AND prawn spaghetti, which I could not possibly turn down. I opted for the tuna carpaccio with wasabi mayo for my starter which was delightful and fresh.
My guest decided on the Motcombs edible garden as we were extremely curious about what this may contain. It was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. Beautifully orchestrated to look like an actual garden, there were chopped black olives on a bed of truffle mayo designed to look like soil with mini vegetables arranged as if they were growing up from the ‘ground’. I had been rather sceptical of this dish but it turned out to be wonderful.
For the other main we ordered dover sole which was perfectly flaky, it just fell off the bone. I enjoyed the spaghetti however it was not the best I have ever had. I think Motcombs speciality is more in the meat and fish department and if I were to come again I have my eye on the blackened cod or the Roast duck. A small but enticing selection of desserts lead me to a home-made tiramisu. I absolutely love a tiramisu and the Motcombs version did not disappoint.
Motcombs is one of those restaurants where you half expect to see a table of mafia boses talking business. It is one of those restaurants where you play out all sorts of scenarios and would make a great set for a film. Most importantly, Motcombs is one of those restaurants that you can return time and time again and always receive the same superb service and quality food. It is Belgravia institution for a reason and the Supper Club is another string in the bow of this classic London eatery.
Motcombs edible garden £10
Tuna Carpaccio, wasabi mayo £14
Dover Sole grilled £36
Lobster & prawn spaghetti £26
Tenderstem broccoli £5
Home-made tiramisu £9
Motcombs, 26 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU
0207 235 6382