So what do we need to know about Fallow?
There's been a lot of buzz building about this Mayfair restaurant - not least because of the team behind it. Chefs Will Murray and Jack Croft met in the kitchens of Dinner by Heston. They then teamed up with seasoned hospitality operator James Robson to come up with Fallow.
Where is it?
They've taken over the rolling residency space at 10 Heddon Street. But while other restaurants have been here for a few months, it looks like Fallow's taken it for a longer time. They opened the week before lockdown, promptly shut again and then slowly started serving takeaway (to grateful cops from the Charing Cross police station, mainly) before reopening in full.
Over the lockdown, they spent their time fermenting and bottling pickles and drinks which you can also buy on site.
What sort of Covid safety steps have they taken?
The nature of this room means that it's pretty easy to stay socially distant - a lot of the inside tables are either booths or far apart from each other. There's also a big outside terrace if you prefer to dine alfresco. And there are hand sanitisers on all of the tables.
Where's good to meet friends for a drink first?
Judging by the icy loveliness of the martini one of us kicked off with, you might as well head straight here. Our dining companion was off the sauce and enjoyed a non-alcoholic elderflower spritz.
So what sort of food is it?
They run big on sustainability, so they use interesting cuts and - as you'll probably have guessed - everything is super seasonal and focuses mainly on British and Irish produce. A succinct menu kicks off with snacks before sticking to traditional starter, mains and dessert dishes.
Here's what we had:
Is it good for vegetarians?
Very. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. We very much fancied, but didn't get around to trying, a starter of English pea with girolles and goats curd. And, of course, there are the corn ribs. But the veggie starter below, in particular, was an absolute belter.
Room for dessert?
For sure. There were only two on the menu, and while the lemon peel pudding topped with milk ice cream sounded great, we had our hearts set on this.
Before we get into generalities, we'd really like to single out the kitchen for going above and beyond when it came to responding to the dietary requirements of our guest. They couldn't have been more careful and thoughtful to make sure certain elements were flagged, omitted and any cross-contamination considered. We were very impressed with that.
As for the food and vibe, well we'd been hearing from all manner of chefs and bar folk about how good Fallow was, so it wasn't much of a surprise to have had such an enjoyable meal. The outside terrace was getting a lot of love and we've seen the menus changing really regularly, so it definitely warrants repeat visits.
More about Fallow at 10 Heddon Street
Where is it? 10 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BX
How to book: Book online.
Offer: our reader offer gets you 30% off the food bill at Fallow until 20 September.
Hot Dinners ate as guests of Fallow. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
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