Palm restaurant and bar is a cosy local favourite in London‘s fashionable and upscale quarter of Belgravia. It’s one in a group of around 30 American owned restaurants started back in New York during the 1920s. The London location is the only Palm outside the States. The feel is very American in the best of ways. Expect friendly and attentive service and a lively casual vibe. The welcoming atmosphere – along with a really tasty range of dishes – should certainly offer reason enough to visit, but a newly launched “PrimeTime” discount menu of cocktails and “Prime Bites” adds excellent and affordable incentive to pay this great place a visit.
The PrimeTime special runs (at the bar only) from 5pm until closing every day of the week, when the price you pay is determined by the clock. Before 5pm all items on the PrimeTime food and drink menu are their usual listed price, but from 5pm prices are as follows: £5 (until 6pm), £6 (until 7pm), £7 (until 8pm), £8 (until 9pm), £9 (until closing). And get this: on Mondays the bar extends its offer into the Palm’s front dining room and “stops the clock” at 5pm so all PrimeTime items are a mere £5 all night long. At the time of writing this piece £1 was worth about $1.50.
What’s especially cool about the PrimeTime menu is that the food is really tasty. Prime steak sliders (regular price £11.90) with Cheddar, pickle and pesto mayonnaise are amazing while “dirty shrimp” (panko fried shrimp tossed in Creole spices with slaw and remoulade, regular priced £12.90) are heartily satisfying as well. Crispy calamari fritti tossed with preserved lemon and marinated peppers (regular price £11.90) is also a delight. Portions are ample (particularly considering the PrimeTime price) and dishes are served up quick.
Drinks impress too. All cocktails from the PrimeTime are regularly priced at £10. There’s close to 20 of them. It’s a nice list of classic and signature mixes as well. Consider if you will, the Classic Charmer Manhattan (Bulleit Bourbon and Martini Rosso) and the scrumptious Rum Reserve Rita (Appleton Estate Rum, Grand Marnier liqueur, lime and lemon juice) as two of the several well mixed quenchers.
Of course, anytime’s a good time to visit this accommodating venue. If you’re up for more than bites at the bar, the dinner menu features Italian American standards, USDA prime beef steaks, Nova Scotia lobsters, New York style cheesecake and more.
Palm London is located at 1-3 Pont Street, SW1X 9EJ. The nearest London Underground Stations are at Knightsbridge, Sloane Square and Hyde Park Corner.
Find out more at thepalm.com/London.
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Photo: Chris Osburn