Kona, St. James’ Court

I do love a good taster menu, and for £45 per person, you could do a lot worse than the offering at Kona at the St. James’ Court Hotel.

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The venue is lovely in the summer – you pass through a charmingly verdant courtyard and an art deco-style entrance on your way in.

Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonKona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonWe started off our meal with a classic – Lobster Bisque, made with Brixham crab and creme fraiche, which was served at the table.

Lobster Bisque, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, London4603Lobster Bisque, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonLobster Bisque, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonThe flavour of the bisque was very delicate, extremely light – it needed a little more seasoning for me personally, but was very enjoyable all the same.

The next course was one of my favourites – dived king scallops served with broad beans and a lemon emulsion on a minted pea puree, topped with some crispy Prosciutto.

Dived King Scallops, minted pea puree, broad beans, prosciutto & lemon emulsion, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonThe scallops were perfectly cooked, and the flavours expertly matched. The dish was presented beautifully, too – it was pretty flawless.

Dived King Scallops, minted pea puree, broad beans, prosciutto & lemon emulsion, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonThe perfect scallops were followed by another excellent dish – the signature Sussex Lamb Two Ways. This was a cannon and bolognese, served with aubergine caviar on polenta. This was accompanied by a roquette pesto and confit eggplant.

Sussex Lamb Two Ways, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonThe bolognese and lamb cannon were buttery soft, and tasted amazing. The aubergine caviar and the polenta were the ideal accompaniment – the dish was exquisite.

Seared Gressingham Duck Breast, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonThe next dish didn’t do much for me – a seared Gressingham duck breast served with celeriac press, confit pearl onions, a grande cuvee mandarine reduction and poached Himalayan crabapple. The flavours were slightly disjointed for me – the crabapple slightly too bitter – and the duck breast was ever so slightly overdone for my taste.

Luckily, this was followed by a very decent cheese course – Celtic Promise, Somerset Camembert, Cerney, Wookey Hole, and Cropwell Bishop – although by this point I was so stuffed I only managed the Camembert!

Cheese plate, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonWe finished things off with a deconstructed lemon meringue pie with lemon balm cress and strawberry dust. I adore meringue, so I was a massive fan of this, although it was a little too much of a ‘taste’ for my liking! I would’ve liked to try a little more of the citrus cream filling.

Deconstructed lemon meringue pie, lemon balm cress & strawberry dust, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonDeconstructed lemon meringue pie, lemon balm cress & strawberry dust, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonDeconstructed lemon meringue pie, lemon balm cress & strawberry dust, Kona, St James Court, Taj Hotel, LondonAll things considered, for £45 a head, the taster menu at Kona is very good value for money. A lovely location, with all the dishes beautifully presented, although they missed the mark with one of the dishes I would come back for the Sussex Lamb course alone. I docked them half a point for the size of the desserts, but overall I had a wonderful, enjoyable meal at Kona.

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 
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  • The food looks delicious and the restauran looks beautiful. Great review.

  • Beautiful looking dishes and not bad for the price. Great for a special day out!

    • Thank you! Definitely – for the venue and the quality of the dishes, it’s great value for money! xx