The Wilderness isn’t the sort of place to mess around. Run by the infamous chef Alex Claridge, this award-winning restaurant was built to push boundaries, with a vision to excite and provoke cemented into its very core.
This is one slick venue. Dressed in black, it’s far removed from any decadent fine-dining room one might expect to find, whilst retaining a sophisticated edge. On the right hand wall, angled mirrors allow guests to peek over diners shoulders and catch a glimpse of their vibrant dishes, delicately balanced on the table top. And at the far end, the open kitchen is illuminated like a stage, drawing the eye and allowing for everyone to partake in the culinary spectacle.
Like the choice of rock n’ roll that reverberates throughout the venue (expect a track or two featuring local legend Ozzy Osbourne), the menu packs a punch. Using world-class produce, The Wilderness create ever-changing menus that champion British food and the culinary melting pot that’s become so important in our vibrant cultural identity and day-to-day eats. Each dish is playfully crafted to deliver clear and intense flavours whilst being equally visually stimulating. We’ve got a lot of favourites, but if we were really pushed to give an answer, the BBQ red mullet with smooth Ndjua and a Thai red sauce is up there with the best. And the duck breast with fennel, fiery ginger and white peach is unforgettable.
With experience running his own cocktail bar (any Nocturnal Animals fans in the house?), it seems like it was a no brainer for Alex to flex his mixology skills at The Wilderness too. With a skilled team at his side, The Wilderness turn out some inspired boozy drinks. Order the Green Lady: a twist on a classic Gimlet, made with yuzu, absinthe laced vermouth and a touch of Bombay Sapphire.
The Wilderness is a much needed addition to the world of fine dining and offers an experience unlike anywhere else in town. But don’t sleep on it - this is one popular haunt; if you’re planning a visit, get it locked in immediately.