The Imperial Review
Top 10 things we learned about The Imperial pub:
1) The Kings Road is long. I’d never ventured beyond the Town Hall or Waitrose before as every shop I wanted was conveniently located near the middle. The Imperial is located right at the western end of the Kings Road so you might be in for quite a trek. But I assure you, there is a reward for your hard work.
2) Recently refurbished, it’s a gloriously chic Victorian building that suits the affluent post code.
3) The Imperial has an open plan kitchen for those who like to watch. It also has a quaint garden and plenty of space to stretch out. Split into two, the bar area is a drinker’s dream with lots of standing space to entertain mates with stories about that thing that happened at work this week. The restaurant is where you take pleasure in the low-lit dining of the refined nature, amongst Sloane Rangers and the casual.
4) At 8pm on a Saturday, the atmosphere is already full of boastful self-assurance; the kind you’re going to enjoy.
5) The music is easy and the patrons laugh, talking animatedly about goodness knows what. Moreish homemade hummus with vegetables awaits at the table. The Imperial has serious personality and the evening is already looking like it’s going to be a winner.
6) Marta the waitress is attentive and takes orders quickly so that there is no dithering or uncomfortable waiting. Alongside the set menu there’s also some off-menu specials. I’d recommend ordering the scallop starter, a light and promising start to your culinary journey.
7) The magnificent plate of lamb with couscous with a yoghurt dressing is flawless, cooked with the kind of precision that keeps you coming back. The venison main is also an ideal choice for anyone wanting a change.
8) Don’t get me wrong, wine is cool, but try not to focus all your attention just on the luxurious wine menu. I’d highly recommend asking for the bar to create something new to try, as I did, and receive a potent kick up the arse in the form of a cassis-based gin cocktail that will make anyone giggly.
9) Two words: Rhubarb soup. Two more words: MUST TRY. Served in a bowl, with a floating toasted marshmallow and white chocolate ganache, the rhubarb soup is beautiful. Rhubarb soup will change your life.
10) This restaurant is aptly named The Imperial; everything about those few hours was damn majestic. ...read more
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