Alyn Williams at The Westbury Restaurant Review

With some of the finest chefs in the world now cooking in London, not many of the starred restaurants have true Londoners at the helm. Bucking the trend is Alyn Williams, who was born and raised in London. His Michelin starred restaurant is housed in the fabulous Westbury Hotel.
Our View of The Dining Room
Alyn’s passion for food started at home where his Father grew vegetables and cooked with great passion. Before opening his eponymous restaurant ‘Alyn Williams at The Westbury’. Williams worked with some of the countries finest chefs within his career. After spending time in the kitchen with Gordon Ramsey, he went on to work as the head chef of Marcus Wareing’s two Michelin Starred restaurant for five years. After going solo in 2011, William's hard work and dedication was rewarded with a Michelin Star in 2012. The restaurant also received 3 AA Rosettes.

After enjoying a pre dinner drink at the ‘Polo Lounge’ within the Westbury hotel, we arrived at Alyn Williams for our early dining slot. We were greeted warmly by a female waitress who showed us to our table. The décor within the restaurant has been designed to a very high standard. We had booked a deal through ‘bookatable’ for 6 courses and champagne for £65, here is what we ate:
Canapés
Selection of Breads
Mackerel, Prawn, Cucumber
Close Up
A dish that had been presented very well, but didn’t fill us full of excitement. The preparation of the ingredients was fine, but sadly the whole dish was under seasoned. This was a shame as this had the potential to be a very good dish indeed.
Cornish Hake
Close Up
After a good but not outstanding first course, this dish reached the dizzy heights we had expected. The hake was soft, and flaked with the slightest of touch. Gut Weed Butter was new to both of us, where we found it an interesting and enjoyable flavour.  
Quail, Red Cabbage, Baked Potato
Quail is a delightful meat when cooked correctly, and we are glad to report here it was cooked to a very high standard. We loved the crunch of the red cabbage, which added texture to a well presented dish. We enjoyed the baked potato which was an unusual, but flavoursome addition.
Beef, confit potato, tartare
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This was easily the best course of the evening. The beef was a joy to eat, having been cooked stunningly well. The cooking of all the veg showed the range of skills in Alyn Williams locker.  We really enjoyed the contrast of the tartare served with the cooked meat.
Vanilla Pannacotta, Blackberry
A beautiful pre dessert that we both thoroughly enjoyed. The vanilla pannacotta had great texture and flavour. The combination of vanilla and blackberry flavours was an inspired choice.
Coffee, Bailey's, Mocha, Milk
Close Up
This was a beautifully presented dessert which really caught our eye. Unfortunately we both are not huge lovers of coffee or alcohol based desserts, so unfortunately this dessert was wasted on us. We did manage to finish our dessert, and although we didn’t love it, we could appreciate the skill and flavours on show.
Selection of Petit Fours
Hotel restaurants sometimes flatter to deceive, but that’s certainly not the case here. Although not perfect, we can clearly see why the restaurant has earned one Michelin Star. The beef dish we were served really did blow us away with the highly impressive cooking on show. Although empty when we arrived, the restaurant was close to full by the time we were leaving.

The service throughout our tasting menu was good, but for us not outstanding. The team made us feel welcome, and were all clearly well trained at their job, but we have certainly received better service while in London.

Not many chefs win a Michelin Star a year after opening, so Alyn Williams is clearly a very talented chef indeed. We found the deal we booked to be good value, and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending a visit to Alyn Williams at The Westbury while your in the Capital.

scores

Food 7/10
Service 7/10
Decor 8/10
Toilets 7/10
Value for Money 7/10

Overall 36/50 - A good choice while in London.

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