Bellamy’s for the best whitebait in town

So today I’m back in stylish Mayfair with its amazing selection of upmarket shops and restaurants. It’s no coincidence that it’s the most expensive property on the Monopoly board, you can feel the wealth in the air. I love visiting the area, meandering around, taking in a bit of window shopping, stopping for coffee and breathing in the atmosphere. And then, inevitably, it’s time for lunch.

Bellamy’s has been part of London’s restaurant scene since 2004 and is is set on a secluded back street. For me it’s the epitome of a sophisticated restaurant – quietly elegant with professional, yet welcoming service and great, classic food. It’s an oasis with so much class yet not an ounce of stuffiness. Lunchtime means a large business clientele all enjoying great food in what I imagine is their regular meeting place.

The food is a take on classic French brasserie with a bit of a twist. And they have one special dish which simply has to be ordered. I love whitebait and have eaten it in many establishments. Bellamy’s version is amazing. A decent-sized portion, just the right amount of light batter, beautifully hot, crunchy and fishy. I’d vote it the best whitebait in London town.

Beautifully crisp, fishy whitebait

Beautifully crisp, fishy whitebait

One of the specials today was this amazing quail dish served with delicately flavoured sweetcorn fritters. Quails don’t get much plumper or flavoursome.

As quails go, I thought this was rather a large one!

As quails go, I thought this was rather a large one!

Another one of their classic dishes is the steak tartare which is served with pommes pont neuf, chunky chips with a deliciously soft centre. And the steak was perfectly spicy, tender and melt-in-the-mouth.

Spicy steak tartare with chunky chips

Spicy steak tartare with chunky chips

A great London establishment and the perfect excuse to spend some time savouring the elegance that is Mayfair. London rocks.

Bellamy’s is at 18-18a Bruton Street.

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