Back in summer, when the sun was blazing, we took a trip to a (very deserted) London. With an afternoon free and our stomachs rumbling, we decided to pop in to The Brasserie of Light for lunch.
Nestled within its own entrance at the side of Selfridges, The Brasserie of Light has been super popular since its inception in 2018. As part of a huge £300 million investment by Selfridges into its Flagship store. The Art Deco inspired Brasserie was built to be the perfect stopping place for a post-shopping cocktail or dinner. Due to its very own entrance and exit, the Brasserie can be completely separate to the rest of the store. Perfect for after-hours dining.
The light that fills the room, is a far cry from the standard stuffy shopping centre restaurants that we are used to. Instead, mirrored panels and huge floor to ceiling windows that look out onto St Christopher’s Place feel, bright, breezy and spacious.
The hero piece in the restaurant is, of course, Damien Hirst’s Pegasus. A 24ft crystal encrusted statue with a 30ft wingspan. That soars over diners and flits fragments of light across the restaurant. It’s a beautiful addition. And leads to a constant stream of conversation on how on earth it manages to stay put and not topple forward onto the tables!
With Pegasus soaring above us, we took our seats in the safety of a makeshift glass panelled ‘booth’. We each chose a starter and main. With a handful of sides as the restaurant started to slowly fill up. With London being so empty, however there were only about 20 other diners in the restaurant while we were there. It’s hard to write about a restaurant at the moment and not mention Health and Safety, but we felt really safe and looked after. Staff wear masks (we visited before the new guidance on masks came out), there is sanitiser on the tables, you’re encouraged to look at the menu via your smart phone and the glass panels keep you separated from other diners.
The Caramelised Sea Scallops for me for starters. Burrata with sunblush tomatoes, on a bed of courgette topped with pesto and pine nuts for Ben.
Grilled Halloumi on sourdough with smashed avocado and peppers for Ben. And the Miso Black Cod for me for Mains. Probably one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. The cod was so rich and creamy, with an incredible sauce and contrasting perfectly with the pickled fennel. We also had a side of perfectly cooked green beans.
If you have the time and fancy it. The cocktail list is extensive and the bar is just beautiful for an after lunch or dinner drink. Plus, the toilets are one of the fanciest in London!
It’s not often that a restaurant really gets everything right, but Brasserie of Light really have cracked the service, the setting and the delicious menu and drinks!