First up, we were offered as much champagne as we wanted. Our server came with a magnum Laurent-Perrier Brut and I hungrily said “Yes, please!” How can I say no to champagne? It’s my favourite tipple after all.
Then some beautiful bread (damn you photography skillz) appeared next to our table on which whilst nibbling, we learned that the new menu is developed by Executive Chef Chris King in partnership with Chez Roux. We excitedly perused the menu with some classic suggestions in mind.
I ordered the Palm Court lobster salad, which was a rather pleasant start to the meal. The lobster lies on a bed of avocado mush and is served with some greens and classic sauce Marie Rose.
For mains, I opted for the poussin cheekily in honour of Aftab’s crispy chicken order when we met at Bob Bob Ricard. It was served with criss-cut chips and a mushroom gravy.
Aftab on the other hand ordered some profiteroles. I’m not too keen on profiteroles but when the chocolate sauce was poured, my instinct was to scoop out a ball and plop it in my mouth. Luckily, I managed a bite. I actually preferred the chocolate sauce at Bistro (I’m a sucker for dark choccy anyway) but the profiterole itself was quite nice, too.
I’d give Palm Court top marks for service and ambience, as it’s a really nice and cosy spot to lounge at. The new menu has a lot of potential with its offering of classic favourites. With a little bit of tweaking, I’m sure it could be totes amazing.
Palm Court at The Langham
1C Regent St, London W1B 1JA
Our meal was complimentary but average spend per person should be £60.