11. Pimlico Road
You know a restaurant is going to be good when you spot a good font on their website that highlights a photo of a perfectly instagram-friendly tiled floor. Yes that’s possibly the w**kiest thing I’ve ever typed but you know it’s true! The website told me that my camera would be pretty satisfied at 11 Pimlico Road and after a look down the ShinyThoughts-friendly menu (think burgers, flashy salads and sourdough bread) my tummy was going to be pretty chuffed too.
Spotting the ‘casual dining pub’ from across the road is like spotting your date from the other side of the room – the walk towards it feels twice as long and you can’t wait to just get there. The restaurant is just as swanky looking on the inside as out with it’s light-flooding windows, open plan room and that statement bar.
Enough perving on the marble tables and arty fashion book clad bookcases, let’s talk food. We went for the house dishes – the No.11 burger (obvs) and No.11 club sandwich with some cheeky sides. Don’t think of not ordering the truffled macaroni cheese by the way, it’s an absolute essential! The burger was just so flavoursome that I feel it may have knocked some of it’s sloppy rivals off of the top burger spots. It’s made me realise that as long as you have a brioche bun and fillings like those, who needs the that messy sauce? Yes, I went there.
We squeezed in desert of seasonal apple pie but didn’t realise this would be easily sharable. Oh well, we just had to scoff-i mean daintily nibble-the panna cotta too. Shame.
They’ve won awards, are packed out on a Saturday and just LOOK at that website. So sophis’! Plus, a leisurely Chelsea brunch here is really quite affordable. Purse win! It’s just a short walk from Victoria station or an amble down from the legendary Kings Road, so the location isn’t half bad either. The short story? Take your mum, that friend that you play ‘grown ups’ with, or a date you want to impress and you’re guaranteed to feel pretty good about yourself.
In need of places to go in Chelsea after lunch? We headed down to the famous King’s Road, popping into The Saatchi Gallery (it’s free!) to ponder the works of pop art. We then ambled in and out of my favourite shops. Don’t miss Anthropologie, Bluebird, Kate Spade and if you’re hungry for dinner, there’s Big Easy too!
Thanks 11 Pimlico Road for the review opportunity!