Situated in the affluent Belgravia district, No 11 Pimlico Road offers a cool and casual hang out away from the hustle and bustle of busy, nearby Victoria.
Versatile enough to use a springboard for a great night out on the town, or settle in for the entire night, my plus one, Tom, and I chose the latter and enjoyed a relaxed evening.
The interiors had an industrial minimalist look with homely touches and comfy sofas. We were perched on a table for two away from the main bar, nestled by a fireplace.
First glances of the Weekday and Evening menu had me excited for the night ahead as I could mix and match several of my favourite foods presented in different ways.
On scouring the menus, our eyes immediately turned to the unique cocktail offering, and as a lover of peanut butter in all it's forms I had to try the Hot Peanut Butter Rum - Spiced Doorly's, Cointreau, house made peanut butter syrup, Fees whiskey bitters - (£9.50).
The comforting, warm drink did not disappoint, which soothes with a layer of cream, gives a boozy hit and leaves a silky peanut aftertaste.
Tom really enjoyed his Chocolate Manhattan - Rittenhouse Rye, Cocchi di Torino, Chocolate bitters - (£9.50), which he said was a welcome twist on a classic.
No 11 Pimlico Road has an excellent wine offering ranging from £19-£80 a bottle, displaying an accomplished range on a concise, approachable list.
Our attentive waitress kept us topped up with chilled cucumber water throughout the evening, which was a nice touch.
Choosing from the Small & Sharing section of the menu, I opted for Baba Ghanoush & Labneh w/ flatbread (£6.50).
I was confused to be served with what was closer to a paratha, rather than traditional flatbread, and sadly left the Baba Ghanoush for Tom as I found it cold and slimy in texture.
My plus one chose Pork & fennel meat balls, w/ Tomato, Parmesan and basil sauce (£7.50). A rich sauce accompanied hand-made and generously sized meat balls.
After a shaky start food-wise, the mains were recovered tenfold, as I thoroughly enjoyed my choice of Halloumi & Courgette Burger w/ mint and cucumber Labneh (£10.95).
The bun was soft yet crispy with deep fried halloumi offering a perfect pairing to my local beer, shaken up by a refreshing drizzled sauce.
The sheer size of my burger meant I couldn't finish my Chilli lemon guacamole salad side order (£4.50), showing the mains alone would provide a good value meal to start a night out.
Tom devoured the Chicken & Chorizo Schnitzel w/ house made remoulade and fries (£14.95), even managing a side order of Truffle Macaroni Cheese (£4.00), which he described as "heavenly" and recommended it to the table next to us.
As a vegetarian, and intrigued by the promise of being suitable for vegans and those with gluten intolerances, I chose Free From Everything w/ poached pear, fresh fruit and vegan meringue at £6.50.
I was impressed that all needs had been catered for but the dish did little to excite.
A much safer option is the Dark chocolate mousse w/ Brownie base, hazlenuts, and salted caramel sauce (£6.75), which my plus one happily tucked into despite claims he was full five minutes earlier!
Whilst the prices wouldn't hurt the wallets of those local to the area, an evening consigned to this one bar could prove pricey and is perhaps saved for a special occasion.
However, as a self proclaimed 'bar with great food offering' it's menu could compete with many restaurants in the area.
getwestlondon gives No 11 Pimlico Road four out of five stars.
Address and contact details: No.11 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NA - 020 7730 6784
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9am - 12am, Sunday 9am - 11pm