Taking a short 8-10 minute walk from South Kensington Station, we found ourselves entering the Hunters Moon through a deep plush curtain, the intimate and cosy bar opens into a large, well-lit space, that feels like an English pub, with a splash of early 20th century glamour. The skylights throw natural light on the tiled floors, leather seats and wall lights creating a friendly but classy feel.
We were treated to a focaccia to begin, which is homemade and sits on the Aga in the corner, and was genuinely the most delicious bread I’ve eaten this year – salty and soft. The perfect beginning to a very generous proportioned meal.
For starters we ate the Steak tartare which was hot and spicy, accompanied by a thin and crispy bread which paired with the egg yolk looked impressive. The veloute was a soup based dish, with a small amount of soft lobster in a bisque. It was a little on the creamy side for me, but for those with a taste for the richer food will love this.
For the mains we had the Soy blackened salmon, which was served with a crispy top, and was cooked perfectly. It was traditionally served Japanese style with Pak choy, fried garlic and ginger. My fellow diner had Roast Cornish Hake, which was served on a spicy tomato based risotto. The hake was flaky and soft, and the portion was plentiful.
The side of green beans were particularly delicious, and although I’m normally a fan of tender stem broccoli, these stalks were a little small for me, and the harissa yoghurt was a bit too much, and overwhelming.
The waiting staff were helpful and friendly throughout, happy to help explain the menu and topped up our wine glasses throughout the evening. After our starters and mains, we were more than full, the portions were very generous, and the food quite rich. But we found room to sneak in a dessert.
I can’t resist a baked Alaska and this one was something to behold; a crunchy bottom, spikey top and yet not too sweet. The Ice cream was still solid inside, and the portion enough to share.
The pavlova, was a light meringue accompanied with refreshing fruit. Again, a plentiful portion that could have been shared between two.
Overall, the dinner was generous, British food served in a plush but homely environment with attentive staff. I loved the location, the décor and mostly the Baked Alaska!
Address: 86 Fulham Road, South Kensington
Written by Polly Robin