Category: Brasserie (£££), very good value set lunch
My quest of trying to find a good and decently priced restaurant in the Chelsea/Knightsbridge area brought me to The Enterprise, a bright and friendly gastro pub in posh Walton Street, just behind Harrods. While other restaurants in this area are truly spoilt by their location among the rich, the famous and the non-discerning eaters (Baity Kitchen, Ciro’s), The Enterprise appears to be a pleasant exception. Not only is the set lunch incredibly well priced (available Monday to Friday, £17.25 for 2 and £19.50 for 3 courses), but also the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff is charming, helpful and not the least bit snotty. If it wasn’t for the ladies with motionless faces and protruding lips, results of extensive cosmetic surgery, one could almost forget that one is in Knightsbridge.
The Enterprise serves elegant British pub food with an international twist which was, when I visited, executed without fault. Our meal started with an amuse bouche, which was lovely but I have forgotten what it was (baby brain alert). The salad with sweet pumpkin, chunks of creamy goat’s cheese and crunchy walnuts was as good as they come. I thought the second course of sea bass was stunning. The fish was cooked to perfect moist tenderness and rested on a bed of creamy, buttery and herby potato mash flavoured. The fresh tomatoes and cress added a beautiful freshness to the dish. The best (if not exactly healthiest) part of this plate was the browned anchovy butter, which mixed with the mash, was just gorgeous. I also had a bite of the perfectly decent chestnut mushroom risotto, cooked exactly al dente and with rich earthy mushroom aroma.
Apart from the solid food, The Enterprise also scores highly in my newly introduced category of “Child Friendliness“. This lunch at The Enterprise was my first outing with my newborn, and I didn’t even know how to navigate my pram. The lovely waitresses immediately made space for my pram in the packed restaurant and helped me in and out of the door. I felt welcome with my baby (mind you, he slept through the meal), and I have no hesitation to return with him to The Enterprise for lunch (as long as he behaves himself in public places that is, I don’t want to put you off ) .
- Food: 8/10
- Service: 8/10
- Ambiance: 7/10
- Child-friendliness: 9/10
- Value for Money: 8/10 for the set lunch
- Chances of Returning: 80%
- Verdict: The place to go for lunch when you happen to be in the area and need an escape from overpriced, touristy places with mediocre food and snotty staff.
35 Walton Street
SW3 2HU T: 020 7584 3148