Celebrity favourites’ have a tendency to be all show and no-go, so it’s with some caution that we visit these restaurants. After a while, though, the quality has to shine through, because if the food doesn’t deliver, the restaurant will be gone as fast as the celebrities looking for the next flashy restaurant. In the case of Nozomi, and keeping with the celebrity theme, it is certainly more Leona Lewis than Steve Brookstein (Who? Exactly, lasted about 5 minutes after winning X-Factor in 2004).
Yes, it’s ultra-stylish and had the big celebrity launch, but it has also managed to become a long-running favourite amongst Knightsbridge locals. Visiting on a Saturday night at what seemed to be a fairly reasonable 8pm, we were ominously met with a near-empty restaurant. A few cocktails in the bar later and the once quiet venue was staring to fill up with impossibly stylish locals and the odd footballer. With a little encouragement from the beats of the live DJ, Nozomi had transformed into a buzzing place where the meal was no doubt just the start of a lively evening.
Head into the raised ground floor restaurant area and you can’t help but be impressed by the dramatic panoramic glass atrium, with moonlight flooding the room to create a sultry atmosphere. Add to this the oak floors, off-white silk lined walls and luxuriously soft leather banquettes and you’ve got a room that has more than a touch of 1920s glamour.
Move away from the style though and you will also be met by some seriously impressive food. The menu features everything you’d expect from a high-end Japanese restaurant, including super-fresh and tasty seafood for the sushi, sashimi and various rolls. They’ve also created luxurious twists on simple dishes such as thinly sliced Scallops with truffle oil. Classics like the Black cod are as good as you’ll find in London, and the chef also shows of his meat cooking skills with a stunning Miso marinated lamb dish.
Cuisine type: Japanese
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £90
14-15 Beauchamp Place
London, SW3 1NQ