Last Updated on August 1, 2021
Mediterranean Dining in Knightsbridge
Lockdown has been such a nightmare for the restaurant trade. Stylish new Mediterranean restaurant MY&SANNÉ was only open for a week before it had to close, reopening in mid-May to a slew of good reviews. It’s on the Old Brompton Road just a hop and a skip from the bouji boutiques of Sloane St as well as Knightsbridge stalwarts Harvey Nichols and Harrods. It describes itself as a ‘new Mediterranean restaurant with impressive interiors, specialising in regional dishes with hints of Greek, Italian and Asian flavours, all of which sounds right up my street, so having been asked to review, I wasn’t going to miss it!
MY&SANNÉ is the sleek cousin to the super-instagrammable L’Eto Café that majors in the prettiest cakes in town. The Soho outpost in Wardour St is being refurbished leaving the South Kensington branch flying the flag. But MY&SANNÉ is a bit more grown-up with an all-day offer that morphs from fun smoothies and heritage juices in the morning to a fully realised lunch and dinner menu through the rest of the day.
MY&SANNÉ’s interior is described as being ‘elegant greenhouse’ style. There are antique tiles, dusty pink banquettes, quirky Victorian prints, planters and urns, and an incredible floral display on the ceiling. There is also a showstopping patisserie selection on display as you enter the restaurant but more of that later…
We started with cocktails. The eponymous and theatrical MY&SANNÉ blended pink strawberry gin, yuzu, cherry brandy, lime juice, Prosecco and tonic. It arrived with an extraordinary bubble on top which turned into smoke when it popped. The lime balanced the sweetness of the cherry fizz for a celebratory and fun experience.
Peruvian Nights was one of the best mocktails I have tried. Watermelon, guava, agave, lemon, infused jasmine and Earl Grey tea, egg white and salt came together in a delicious take on a sour. There were complex layers of flavour and a refreshing watermelon and lemon finish.
The accompanying rosemary ciabatta was extremely light and infused with the herb flavour.
From the snacks menu we also tried piquant Padron peppers which were hot from the pan and full of bite.
We tried three starters at MY&SANNÉ. Toasted bruschetta came soaked in oil and basil and was slathered with shards of buffalo mozzarella and juicy flavourful tomatoes.
The almond gazpacho was really an Ajo Blanco (a chilled almond soup), rich with garlic, cream, ground almond and grapes. I loved this dish – it was bursting with flavour.
Gently spiced aubergine caviar was studded with sweet-sour pomegranate jewels and some top-notch burrata. Served on grilled sourdough it was seasoned with coffee and tonka beans.
We moved on to a bottle of white wine, Domaine de Bellene, Bourgogne, Aligoté, Burgundy 2018 – it was creamy and rich with peach and mineral notes and was a great match with our main dishes.
Asparagus and truffle risotto was perfectly al dente, nutty with a bit of bite and infused with the truffle flavour.
A generous portion of wild sea bass steak was beautifully cooked with crisp seared skin and great flavour.
For sides, we had a crisp garden salad broken up with shards of parmesan, the salty crunch of zucchini spaghetti strands and fluffy triple cooked potato with their skins on – deep-fried to perfection.
And then the walk to the MY&SANNÉ cake display! A raspberry and ricotta cheesecake was light and full of fruit.
I loved the almond cream and pastry combo of the Strawberry Frangipane.
But my favourite was the rich, dense and gooey salted caramel truffle cake. Almost too good!
MY&SANNÉ is your perfect Knightsbridge stop-off at any time of day. With its beguiling interior and a food and drink offer that is really very good, it’s a must-visit if you are in the area. Don’t forget to save space for the cakes!
215 Brompton Rd
Looking for something different? we recommend the Lyonnaise food and burgers from Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel