Bistro, St. James’ Court

A month or so ago, I was given a voucher by the lovely folks at Zomato to do a review of the Kona restaurant at St. James’ Court Hotel. Super excited, I phoned up and booked a table for two for Sunday night. However, once we got there we were told that, in fact, Kona doesn’t serve dinner on Sundays.

Bistro 51, St James CourtThe staff were absolutely fantastic, and offered us a three-course meal at their Bistro, and we rescheduled our original meal at Kona for the next week (and on a week night!)

St. James Court is a beautiful hotel, and the bistro is accessible from the lobby. My family from Japan came recently and stayed in the hotel, and they really liked the location.

Bistro 51, St James CourtMy boyfriend and I went for the set three course menu. He opted for the beetroot and apple gazpacho with crumbled feta, while I had the sesame-crusted tuna with pink grapefruit salad and wasabi potato.

Bistro 51, St James Court - Beetroot GazpachoBistro 51, St James Court - Sesame Crusted Tuna, Grapefruit Salad and Mint PotatoesBistro 51, St James Court - Sesame Crusted Tuna CarpaccioBistro 51, St James Court - Grapefruit SaladMy boyfriend really enjoyed the gazpacho, although he found the portion to be a little ambitious – it was rather too large for a gazpacho – a smaller portion would have sufficed.

I enjoyed the sesame encrusted tuna, although I did find the pink grapefruit clashed with the rest of the starter – the potatoes were also not quite to my taste.

For mains, A opted for the cajun-spiced chicken breast with basil mash and baby vegetables.

Bistro 51, St James Court - Cajun ChickenThe chicken was tasty – nicely spiced and well cooked, but nothing particularly spectacular – unlike mine.

Bistro 51, St James Court - PoppadomsBistro 51, St James Court - Palak Ghost Lamb CurryBecause mine was glorious. I went for the palak gosht, an Indian spinach and lamb curry served with pickles, mango chutney, and steamed rice. It was beautifully spiced, and the lamb was buttery soft – the dish was absolutely incredible.

It was incredibly rich and delicious, and the portion was huge, so my boyfriend helpfully finished off the dish once I had conceded defeat!

Bistro 51, St James Court - Palak Gosht Lamb CurryFor dessert, we both went for the Manuka honey flavoured yoghurt pannacotta with berries and basil soup.

Bistro 51, St James Court - Manuka Honey Yoghurt PannacottaBistro 51, St James Court - Manuka Honey Yoghurt PannacottaThe creamy pannacotta was really well balanced – the honey didn’t overpower the rest of the dessert, and the basil complemented the honey and yoghurt flavours perfectly.

Overall, I really enjoyed my meal at the Bistro, but would definitely recommend going for the Palak Gosht over anything else!

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Our meal was complimentary, but if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t blog about it!

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  • Romany Manwaring

    Looks delicious! I love the look of that Palak gosht. Shame I don’t live closer

    • Thank you, Romany! The Palak Gosht was absolutely divine. You could always try to get a room at the St James Court hotel when you are in London? It looks lovely! Might be one to save the pennies for though! xx

  • The food looks very delicious. I wish I could see more of the restaurant. Great post.

    • Thanks, Stella! I definitely should’ve taken more pictures of the inside of the restaurant – I’ll keep that in mind next time! x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow, It’s just turned 1pm lunch time and after reading your post I’m now starving. Their food looks amazing!

    • Thanks Melanie, it really was! I’m getting hungry even just thinking about that pannacotta…. xxx

  • Serena Reidy

    I’m not so keen on beetroot but that soup looks tempting! The panna cotta does too!

    • Thanks Serena! I wasn’t too sure about a beetroot and feta gazpacho but it was really tasty! The pannacotta, however, was absolutely divine 🙂 xx