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OSH Restaurant and Bar – Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge:
I have a bit of a soft spot for Beauchamp Place. One of those pretty, quintessentially London streets and, a stone’s throw from Harvey Nichols and Harrods it’s also the perfect place to meet up with friends after a spot of shopping. The site now occupied by OSH was a kind of Japanese restaurant and nightclub and I can remember going along there early in the evening and feeling that I was, well, just a bit premature and maybe a tad outside of their target age range.
OSH is an altogether friendlier and cosier place, with three storeys of stylish restaurant and bar seating, including a clever private room on the top floor which, by virtual of a series of sliding doors can be isolated from the main restaurant area.
On the second floor, there’s an open kitchen and a showcase of the fresh produce they import twice weekly from Uzbekistan. And, on the ground floor, there’s a comfy bar.
The lofty top floor has the comfiest seating and was really busy on a Tuesday evening, despite the restaurant having only just opened. We enjoyed cocktails while we worked our way through the menu, along with what I can only describe as elevated bar snacks – on the menu for ‘while you wait’.
My ‘Bohemian’ was a mix of Bombay Sapphire, Martini Ambrato, Patchouli and Martini Vintage 2016 Prosecco, a relative newcomer to the drinks world which is touted as being a ‘champagne like prosecco’. Whatever it was, I loved the finished drink which had a good piquancy and just the right ‘kick’ for a pre-dinner aperitif. My companion’s ‘Silk Spritz’ with Elix vodka, Italicus Tosolio de Bergamotto, Thai Basil, Kumquat and more of that Martini Vintage 2016 Prosecco was a longer drink which looked delightfully refreshing.
Meanwhile, a delicious bowl of tiger prawns with chilli sauce and crispy sweet potato appeared, along with two little minced lamb pasties called Chebureki. Perfect to nibble on while we tried to make our mind up what to order next.
The menu has a good sprinkling of Japanese dishes (Seabass Sashimi, Asian green beans and a miso-glazed Chilean sea bass for instance). We picked the Seared beef with Asian mayonnaise and truffle ponzu, a warm aubergine salad with soft cheese and coriander dressing and a quinoa and quince salad with pomegranate and zeera (cumin) dressing to start.
Pretty as a picture, my favourite was the deliciously tender and perfectly balanced seared beef.
But, there was little to fault with any of the dishes. I loved the warm aubergine with a softer than feta cheese and a light coriander dressing while my companion was in raptures about the sweet-sour quinoa and quince salad.
Of the main courses, the Chilean sea bass shashlik with lemon and ginger looked delicious but seemed just a little overcooked. I suspect it’s quite hard to keep the fish firm once it has been cubed and skewered.
My grilled baby chicken came with Sacivi, a rich, creamy Georgian food paste made with walnuts and various Georgian spices. The chicken was tender and moist – and the Sacivi a good complement.
Dessert, of course, was unnecessary but yet required. We ordered one Anna Pavlova which turned out to be a light, Italian style meringue topping on rich winter berries.
And, one fig and vanilla cream cake which was far too rich for me and I felt was overwhelmed with vanilla cream which did little to complement the figs, though it looked amazing.
But, if I’m honest at this stage we were not particularly hungry and that’s never a good time to try and be objective about food.
All in, I loved the design and ambience of OSH, the food was delicious and the service was prompt and efficient. I’d like to go back and sit on the first floor where you can watch the food being cooked. And, I want to sample a few more dishes from the menu like the traditional Uzbek Osh, a slow-cooked spiced lamb dish. I just need the right excuse.
14-15, Beauchamp Pl,
Knightsbridge, London SW3 1NQ
Disclosure: We were guests of OSH but all content is editorially given.