Beso London is co-founded jointly by Khalid Dabhi, Head Chef and Eyup Can Saglik, CEO. It was born from their love affair with food from Morocco to Spain. We first met Khalid when he catered for our friend, Carl’s wedding party in 2013. Since then, he set up the modern kitchen at Brasserie Le Bec in Verbier and is the resident chef at the Quintessentially Group, where he looks after the bespoke requirements of the club’s members and high net worth individuals. In addition, in 2015, he also set up the Q Café Chic under the Dahbi brand and soon after launched KD Luxury that sources the finest caviars, truffles and smoked salmon from around the world. You can tell he doesn’t believe in slowing down!
As we waited for our friends to arrive, we sat outside and enjoyed a Cava Vilarnau Barcelona Brut Reserva. It was light and subtle with fruity aromas. The grapes in the cava comprise of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, and 15% Xarel·lo.
We sipped the cava whilst nibbling on toasted almonds, popcorn, crispy spiced chickpeas and marinated olives and pickles.
After all our friends arrived we were taken for a tour of Beso London. There is seating at the bar toward the back of the restaurant.
Khalid also took us downstairs to show the wine cellar.
We were excited to find out that the Beatles wrote their songs here (no, not in the wine cellar!). This explains the John Lennon portraits which pays homage to the Beatles.
After our tour, we went back upstairs to the ground floor of the restaurant and seated at this beautiful main table.
We were served ALL the starters on the menu plus a couple of nibbles:
- Pimientos de Padron: Crispy aromatic Padron peppers on green aioli of rose garlic, sprinkled with sea salt
- House Bread & Salted Butter: Multi seeds sour dough and grilled Parata flat bread
Pictured below are the first 5 dishes described above. My favourite dishes were the glazed goat’s cheese salad, squid and pâté. The speed in which we devoured the starters said something!
As our friend did the ordering I thought it was all the food that we were eating but NO it was ONLY the starters.
We were then presented with these two impressive large platters which contained all the main and side dishes as follows:
It was difficult to choose which ones were our favourites but I would have to go for the chargrilled cauliflower, an unusual flavour combination that kept you wanting more. I surprised myself as I am not vegetarian!
We had a short break to digest before we were served desserts:
- White Chocolate Pannacotta, Set white chocolate cream pannacotta served with mixed berry compote
- Dulce de Lecce Cheesecake, Set argentine toffee cheese cake with praline
- Valrhona chocolate delice, The ultimate chocolate experience served with raspberry sorbet
I gave in to the temptation of the white chocolate pannacota and cheesecake. We were all bursting at the seams. This is another restaurant where we ordered virtually everything on the dinner menu. *Blush*
Beso London offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s vegetarian friendly, located in Covent Garden theatre land so perfect for pre theatre dining, dining with friends, and groups.
Address: 190 Shaftsbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JL
Cost: £££ – ££££
Have you been to Beso London? Let us know what you thought!