Hailed as a gastronomic institution within the chic environs of Knightsbridge, the Rib Room’s reputation certainly precedes itself as I arrive. The entrance to the restaurant opens up to an elegant and spacious bar that very much puts you in mind of the Great Gatsby era – it’s grand but not ostentatious; just the right amount of glamour. A couple of pre-dinner cocktails later – expertly made Bellinis – my guest and I were escorted to our table where that reputation began to show itself. For such an esteemed venue the dining options are refreshingly simple: the Classic Menu, the Seasonally Modern and the Private Dining Menu.
My initial choice of Beef Tartare (which was explained and prepared at the table) was truly exquisite, while my guest’s decision to experience the timeless Prawn Cocktail was met with approving nods. The Rib of Beef was next on my wish list and it arrived just as I imagined it: daintily presented, succulent and flavoursome. Each course was intuitively complemented by some of the most exciting wines I’ve had this year which came expertly recommended by Head Sommelier, Louise Gordon.
For dessert, I opted for the Raspberry Soufflé that sent my taste buds into a state of delirium; my guest went traditional with the cheese board – complete with a selection of chutneys and the most delightfully tasty truffle honey. With only a hint of murmuring from our dining neighbours, the atmosphere all evening was blissfully understated. Completely satiated, I lightly pondered on the essence of the Rib Room – a classic venue that deserves every accolade that was bestowed upon it over its half a century existence.