>> Feb 16, 2011
Taken from Wheeler's Official Website:
Wheeler's of St James's is a collaboration between Marco Pierre White and Sir Rocco Forte, reviving the world's oldest and finest fish restaurant in the heart of one of London's most distinguished locations.
After a stunning makeover, the restaurant's glamorous dining room, private room and bar belies its traditional exterior and is a popular fine dining destination for both tourists and locals alike.
On the site of Madame Prunier's fish restaurant, one of the capital's most fashionable eateries in the first half of the last century.
For those of you who haven't watched The Great British Feast, do click here.
Anyway, enough about Marco, click on the above link if you're interested to find out more. After watching all 4 episodes of The Great British Feast, I wanted to taste some of the dishes that were served in the show.
I was thinking to myself, I've tasted quite a few top restaurants in the UK, and yet I haven't tasted any traditional English food served in a proper restaurant. Initially, I wanted to go to Marco at Stanford Bridge. Unfortunately, they only do dinner and are only open from Tuesday to Saturday. So, I had to make do with one of his other restaurants (which was thankfully nearer to my place).
Anyway, upon stepping foot into Wheelers, I realise the place was empty for lunch (on Valentine's Day). Immediately, I wondered if I had made a good choice in picking this restaurant. Service was good. Freshly baked bread was served immediately upon seating down.
As they were running a promotion, there was 50% of any main upon any order of a appetizer or dessert. The promotion ends at the end of February 2011. Anyway, my aim was to sample the dishes I saw in the Great British Feast.
Prawn cocktail is one of those ever green dishes that has been served in the same manner for the last 30-40 years (or probably longer). It tasted fairly good. No complains there.
This dish was recommended by the waiter who claimed it was his favourite dish. When a waiter says such a thing, expectations are high. The fish did not disappoint. It was perfectly cooked, with the meat just falling off the bone (yet the bone was still red). The fish was moist and well seasoned with green peppercorn, lemon and olives. It was a good dish.
As seen in The Great British Feast, the fish pie was almost identical. It contained pieces of salmon, smoked haddock, prawns and scallops and was topped with mash potatoes. It was a good pie. The flavours were well balanced. The peas certainly went well with it. No wonder Marco served it to 200 people.
The cake was extremely rich and tasted almost of pure cacao. Personally, I felt that the cake was too dense. Three mouthfuls would probably be the threshold for someone to consume. Anything more and anyone would probably be sick of it.
Dress code: smart casual
*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
Map to Wheelers of St James
Nearest Tube Station: Green Park
Wheeler's of St. James's
72-73 St James’s St
SW1A 1PH, London,
Telephone number: +44 (0) 207 4081 440
Dinner: Mon-Sat 5.30pm-11pm