It had been years since I last visited The Collection, on Brompton Road, and as I walked along the walkway-esque corridor that changes colour as it leads you to the bar and restaurant, I instantly remembered what was so special about this place: The Collection was and still is the most glamorous bar in the area.
Whether it was the distraction of the West End’s bright lights or the natural propensity to evolve onto another ‘cool bar’, I stopped coming here. Yet with the recent refurbishment and a nostalgic call to action, I accepted an invitation to return and see how The Collection had itself evolved.
My instant impression was the number of tables that filled the ground floor space and the banquettes at the back, which looked very inviting. Flashbacks to crowds dancing in this very space, many moons ago, made me wonder what The Collection would now be like on a Saturday night (something I intend to discover soon).
Once seated in the more formal dining area upstairs, my friend and I decided on the small plates for starters. Our selection included the mograbiah, spinach & feta cheese; salted cod, crushed potato & rocket; smoked duck, green beans & sesame; and seared veal, watercress & salsa verde.
For mains, we chose the pan roasted royal bream, green beans & harissa pepper and the hay roasted lamb shank, pistachio sauce & artichoke puree. And for dessert, we had the warm pistachio tartlet, white chocolate mousse & macerated cherries and the praline parfait, melted chocolate cremeux & sesame tuile.
Everything we ordered had surpassed any subconscious expectation I may have had. Even the bread and oil at the beginning was a burst of delicious surprise. The recommended cocktails and wine also hit the right note for the evening. In other words, The Collection is an easy recommend.
The Collection, 264 Brompton Road, London SW3 2AS
And for my photos from the night, click here.