Reviewed: Cabaret Week at Mayfair's Bellamy's restaurant.

‘Summer in the City’ dinner and cabaret is the brainchild of Gavin Rankin (former managing director at the exclusive nightclub Annabel’s), owner of Bellamy’s Restaurant, running between the 3rd and 8th of August. Tucked away on Bruton Place, around the corner for Berkeley Square, Bellamy’s offers a stylish setting for a sophisticated evening of fine food and live entertainment.

Running exclusively this week you can experience modern Franco Belgian menu, big on flavour and classic in plating alongside a live performance from West End concert pianist Tom Wakeley and Rebecca Grant in an intimate setting. Think white tablecloths, tiny red lamps and an abundant wine list.

Upon arrival you could be mistaken for thinking this is a very formal affair, yet were quickly put at ease by Gavin, who greeted us by name and invited us in like old friends. Unsure what to expect, we were led to a dining area reminiscent of a classic French bistro and handed a perfectly chilled Bellini. Bellamy has the exclusive feel of a members club but without the extortionate membership fee.

For starters we were treated to a Salmon Tartare and a Crab and Avocado Soup. The tartare was beautifully delicate, combining salmon, with the sharp flavours of dill, onion and pickle, all finely diced and served with crisps of toasted bread and topped with intensely flavoured salmon roe. The soup, creamy, zesty and light was a perfect start to this summery menu.

The main course included Grilled Tuna with Basil Oil, and Scallops served with chanterelle mushrooms in a light and creamy sauce. The seared tuna steak was accompanied by deep fried courgette batons, which added a crunchy texture and a deep saltiness that perfectly complimented the tuna.

This was all rounded off with a choice of classic French desserts. We sampled the Tart au Citron and the Iles Flottantes. The tart, served with Chantilly cream and fresh mint, was suitably zesty and sharp; with delicate, thin pastry and an intense lemon filling.

The menu was perfectly suited to a hot summer evening in the city, with light dishes of seafood, fresh vegetables and refreshing desserts. The food was simple yet distinguished, offering classic French food that was polished and uncluttered.

After the plates had been cleared away, the lights were dimmed and the main attraction took centre stage. West End concert pianist Tom Wakeley and Rebecca Grant performed a forty minute set of songs by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Cole Porter, including such classics as Anything Goes and Let’s Fall in Love. Rebecca danced around the room, interacting with the audience ad soon had us clapping along.

Cabaret season really hit it off big time at Bellamy’s, offering a sense of occasion to a usually quiet month. Be sure not to miss this unique and lively event.

For booking and more details see bellamysrestaurant.co.uk

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