Finding new places to eat is my favourite thing. Its especially my favourite thing when I find a place I want to go back to time and time again to try everything off of the menu, and then repeat in rotation. Greedy? I think not. I say I’m a food lover, sometimes a bit of a foodie snob as I like to find the perfect eateries before saying its perfecto.
It’s usually London where I find myself experimenting the most. I do a lot of research and a whole load more Instagram stalking to find pretty, fun and delicious new places to eat in. I was being light-hearted when I said I was a foodie snob, but not entirely joking.
If I’m going to eat at a new place to eat at, especially if it’s for an occasion or to go all out an indulge, I at least like to find somewhere that can tick a fair few of my boxes. Don’t you agree?
A place that can tick off great food, fair price points, gorgeous interior and a good/easy to reach location, then it’s a winner in my books. Such as a place like No 11 Pimlico Road* in Victoria, London.
Easy location? Check. Great food? Double check. Pretty interior? Triple check. You get the idea, it ticked the boxes… and more.
No 11 Pimlico Road is an independent bar & restaurant in the heart of Victoria that offers nothing short of contemporary design, a lush food and drinks menu and the most kick-back-and-relax atmosphere. Be in day or night, morning coffee or a nightcap, this place has it all. With various menus to choose from including breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and an extensive drinks list of wine, cocktails, coffee and more. There’s not much this place can’t offer.
I found it to be one of those restaurants you plonk yourself down in and just lose yourself for a few hours to good food, company and atmosphere.
The interior to this place is my idea of heaven. With marble table-tops, greenery in every direction you look and a colour scheme of white and black with wooden and brass tones, it is every interior junkies dream. Although it’s a restaurant that can seat many people, the large open windows and high ceilings make the environment so spacious and relaxing.
At my time of visit to No 11 Pimlico Road involved their weekend menu was on, which is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30am-5pm. This includes small sharing dishes, an all day brunch and cocktail list, main courses for the big AND the little people, Sunday roasts and a dessert menu.
I went to the restaurant on an empty stomach ready to devour everything in sight, so here comes a whole lot of good food.
– SHOP THE LOOK –
Small sharing plates are my go to, so I had to try one of those for starters.
I chose the Spicy Crab Cakes, which I had my eye on when viewing the menu online and couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I didn’t think it was possible for them to taste better than they sound. These are small but delightful balls of goodness, filled with crab, chilli, onion and potato that come with a sweet chilli crème fraiche dip. Oh wow, the chilli, crab and crème fraiche combo was a little burst of heaven in my mouth.
My main course option without a doubt had to be the fish of the day, as that’s my favourite dish to order and try during the summer. The fish of the day was Grilled Seabream, which was so well cooked and so fresh I left wanting more (but wouldn’t of been able to quite fit more in, oops). This dish comes with chips, which I changed for their garlic greens with no problem and is served on top of a pea hummus with watercress and tartar. The combination of it all on my fork was so fresh and delicious. It is clear in every dish that is served that the food combinations are well thought out with incredibly fresh and well-sourced ingredients.
Ollie opted for their chicken dish, a Chicken Schnitzel (oh how I love that word) that is served as a large chicken breasted in lightly dusted breadcrumbs. This dish comes with house made remoulade and watercress, which sounded small but he struggled to finish it all.
On the side, cos we greedy, we ordered the fries with paprika aioli. Couldn’t not really and they were a v good choice.
“FTB, FTB” as we say (full-to-the-brim) we couldn’t quite manage a dessert. I will be sure to leave room next time. I just didn’t realise how big the portions would be. Very generous I have to say.
As it was the weekend we couldn’t not have an afternoon tipple, could we?
I went for the Sauvignon Blanc (times 2, oops) to go with my fish whilst Ollie made his way through a few of their beer choices. His favourite was the Hop House, which I tried to and even enjoyed. It washed down our food like a treat I tell ya.
The venue also offers spaces for private parties, meeting and events on the second floor, which I had a little peak around and now am desperate to think of some excuse to have something there. It boasts the most stunning and spacious design, just like downstairs but with more room to mingle in larger groups.
A huge thank you to No 11 Pimlico Road for hosting us and serving up the most incredible weekend lunch. It was the perfect little location and reason to unwind and soak up some downtime.
Fancy a visit to this little slice of heaven? Book a table or view the menus here.
* This review includes complimentary food, all opinions are 100% honest and my own *