Restaurant Ours has launched a brand-new dinner and brunch menu, bringing the flavours of the Mediterranean to South Kensington. The talented Executive Chef Toby Burrowes, a recent addition to The Cream Group and formerly heading up Michelin starred Elystan Street, Zuma and The Square, curates a refreshing and bright menu while leading mixologist Pierre Bedouillat brings you on a journey with bold cocktails from cultures around the world.
Upon entering, the large, dark wood doors welcome you in, as well as a light-up sign reading “what’s ours is yours.” A long walkway draped with purple flowers and greens transitions you from South Kensington to a majestic jungle-themed room. Three large trees lit with fairy lights and an extravagant wall of live plants bring life to the restaurant. The plush green booth sitting right below the vertical garden is the best seat in the house, with a view of the entire restaurant and front row seat of the entertainment.
Throughout the evening, a wonderful trio of a vocalist, bass player, and saxophone player performed in the dining room and engaged with the guests. One lucky table was serenaded by the trio with an original happy birthday song the woman singing cleverly improvised. The entertainers played many classics such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and had the guests singing along. When the entertainers were taking a break, a DJ was mixing up trending songs with old classics. Who knew Dua Lipa and Michael Jackson could be blended together, providing a bit of entertainment for all ages?
Choosing a cocktail was an experience in and of itself due to the Ours cocktail menu that explores ten different countries and reflects their traditions and culture into the drinks. Spain, Egypt and Tunisia are a few of the countries that inspired Pierre Bedouillat’s cocktails. We tried the smoky, spiced Mexican Matador inspired by Spain and the complex, light Kumdan Market cocktail. The cocktails were very well blended and exactly as described by our waiter. If you aren’t feeling adventurous, fear not, there are plenty of classic cocktails available as well.
We began with the popular watermelon salad, burrata and seasoned tomatoes, and the slow-cooked St. Ewes egg and sourdough soldiers. The light and refreshing salad paired wonderfully with a sweet burrata and savory-sweet onion, garlic, and truffle butter seasoned egg. If I had to choose one starter, I would pick the burrata. The dish includes a pesto flavoured oil atop the cheese, crumbled breadcrumbs and red and orange cherry tomatoes.
For the main course, we ordered the seabream and slow-cooked chicken breast. The seabream was loaded with tomatoes, new potatoes and basil cress, allowing for a burst of flavour but with a refreshing aura. The slow-cooked chicken breast was grilled to perfection and served with whipped potatoes and a petit array of vegetables. A side of pecorino truffle chips was the perfect addition to our meal.
We left just the right amount of room for dessert, and thankfully we did. The Ours sweet croissant bun consisted of rich cream and fresh berries and the classic tiramisu was wonderfully done. For a night cap, we ordered a classic, well-shaken espresso martini and the creamy, pink Nefertiti cocktail.
We left feeling satisfied and refreshed from a wonderful evening of entertainment and Mediterranean classics, each with excellent flair from Executive Chef Toby Burrowes.
To discover more, visit: restaurant-ours.com
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All images courtesy of Lateef Photography.