Visitors to London’s famous Claridge’s hotel and its Davies and Brook fine dining restaurant rightly expect an experience of the highest quality, and Daniel Humm’s restaurant does not disappoint.
The large, airy and modern dining room is home to Humm’s trademark style of refined yet relaxed service; and while the restaurant might not go to the lengths it does at his Eleven Madison Park venue in New York, where table side theatrics abound, you will likely still get a frisson of excitement every time you eat there.
With Davies and Brook Claridge’s has played it very smart. Humm’s technique-driven, highly precise style of cooking is exactly what regular to the five-star hotel expect, yet its non stuffy, relaxed approach front of house gives the restaurant wider appeal among travelling gourmands and those wanting to try something a little different.
Fine dining ‘dressed down’ is how the restaurant describes its style and the service in the dining room is expertly choreographed but has a welcome lightness of touch. This continues outside onto the outdoor terrace in the summer months, where the restaurant serves a more casual bar menu. It’s all very cool, calm and collected – a bit like Humm himself.