Peter St Kitchen
Peter St Kitchen
Shiny and modern, Peter Street kitchen is the glossy restaurant housed in the Radisson Edwardian Hotel. Alongside the Rikyu bar, as the name would suggest it takes themes from Japanese cuisine, and melds them with Mexican – resulting in a menu that has nods to the flavours of both, with its own sleek twist.
As you enter, you can’t help but be drawn by the Whispering Angel displays, their partner wine for this summer, the soft fruity rose is a must for diners. The décor too is a blend, stark white, dark metal and natural wood all feature, the wood softening the Japanese minimalism.
Guided to our table, our server Ahmed, a delightfully friendly and attentive chap, seated us, graced our laps with the thick black cotton napkins and explained the menu. The a la carte menu is split into two, there is a separate menu for those selecting vegan/dairy free options, and a further menu if you decide on the 7 course tasting option. The first half is Japanese – featuring Wagyu beef, lobster, and sashimi. The second half is Mexican, with guacamole, fish tacos and empanadas. It could easily be clunky and disparate, but as you’d expect from a well thought out and prepared fusion menu, there is plenty of cross over in flavour and style.
Whilst the dishes could be sampled in a straightforward three course manner, as a group, and with the encouragement of our server, we opted to order a selection of plates and pick and choose, ensuring that our dairy free guest also had sufficient selection (something that Ahmed swiftly and expertly managed).
Standout dishes abounded. I adored the chargrilled cabbage steak with jalapeño truffle butter – crisp sweet cabbage doused in rich truffle butter. Not to everyone’s taste, but definitely mine. The sliced rib eye with wasabit and truffle butter was enjoyed by all (perhaps a little enthusiastically as one of our number barely snaffled a slice!). The yellow fin tuna sash imiribbons with crisp kohlr abi salad and shisosoy were enjoyed by all, as was the tender butter soft beef tataki with black truffle ponzu.
The overlap between the two cuisines was perhaps most obvious in the gyoza tacos – but we did make a mathematical error, as the three options arrive in threes, and we ordered two. Six into four doesn’t quite work. That said, the soft sweetness of the grilled lobster contrasted with the crisp gyoza taco shell, was delicious, as was the seared beef with truffle and chilli. Next time we’re definitely ordered a third – the only problem is deciding which!
When it comes to dessert, the one with the most panache is the chocolate bento box – a chocolate fondant with genmaicha (green tea) ice cream, revealed in its box with a flourish. But whilst we all delighted in our different options, the greedy gazes all alighted on the Kudamono. A platter of exotic fruits including lychee, mango and mangosteen served with an icy blackcurrant sorbet. It looked so beautiful I’m certain all of us will be ordering this next time.
From the drinks menu, we of course sampled the aforementioned Whispering Angel rose, but also a selection of their cocktails, with the Tonka Passion Fruit cocktail enchanting the taste buds of this confirmed passion fruit disapprover. Consider me a convert.
Peter Street Kitchen offers high end dishes in the vein of London contemporaries (think Sushisamba), in a polished setting that draws food lovers and celebs alike, alongside a cocktail bar that can easily stand alone. If you love the opportunity to ogle a star whilst you fine dine, this is definitely the venue for you.
Full marks to the lovely welcome from Imogen and table server Ahmed.
Charlie and James for Canal St Media
Published: 1-Aug-2022 (6759)