I remember the excitement of my first visit to Planet Hollywood in my early teens and since hearing of its relaunch, I couldn’t wait to visit again. The restaurant has had a big budget makeover, moved from its naff old Trocadero location to Haymarket and got itself a Hollywood style nip & tuck in the process. The new looks sees less focus on the movie memorabilia, but vibrant colours, big screens and DJ ensure that the atmosphere is always lively; we were there from 3-6pm on a Friday and the restaurant was never less than busy with a mixture of kids birthdays, adult parties and tourists. No doubt a few of the mightily potent drinks designed by cocktail god Salvatore Calabrese helped to keep things perky too!
The menu is a curious mish-mash of American, Italian and Chinese, but let’s get one thing clear – you don’t come here for gourmet cuisine. I was looking forward to copious amounts tasty fried food which is unashamedly bad for me and that’s exactly what I got. To start, our VIP Platter included Texas Tostados (chicken and cheese topped tortillas), delicious Blackened jumbo shrimp & zingy Buffalo wings amongst other things. For mains, my Rack of ribs were slightly overcooked but impressively meaty and covered in a sweet and sticky barbecue sauce, whilst Mr Pant’s Sirloin steak was juicy and well cooked, although not quite the tastiest piece of beef I’ve ever tried.
Desserts were big and bold, with the ability to turn the most straight-faced of mature adults into a naughty 12 year old child again. My Double chocolate brownie was sweet, chocolaty and topped generously with hot chocolate sauce, vanilla and chocolate ice creams and just in case you needed a few more calories, whipped cream. These calorie gods had also found a way to work more naughtiness into the traditional bread and butter pudding, with their rich & delicious White chocolate bread pudding with a bourbon sauce. They were also big enough to satiate the sugar fix of a small primary school.
So yes, I loved this place. The food and cocktails were big in portion and pretty decent, value was plenty reasonable and most importantly, we left with the biggest smiles on our faces. Job done!
(Fun factor: 5/5)
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £50
London, SW1Y 4QX
Tel: 020 7437 7639