Review: The Capability Restaurant, Syon Lane
The Capability Restaurant, located within London Syon Park hotel, close to Syon Lane train station, is the perfect retreat to escape the London crowds.
It doesn’t even feel as if you are in London, with the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and restaurant set within 200 acres of parkland, which executive chef Neil Thrift makes the most of for his ingredients.
Inside the restaurant I’m greeted by a large bar which leads into a large, bright dining area, overlooking the edible garden. I note a waiter collecting mint leaves from the garden, which is made up of leafy trees, an orchard and flowering plants.
But I didn’t dwell for too long on my surroundings as I was here to sample what the menu has to offer.
Customers visiting on Sunday afternoon, like myself, could take advantage of a two course deal at £29, or if you are after a desert it is £35. During the rest of the week main courses are priced from £12 to £32, so it is a rather good offer, although there are fewer choices as compared to the other menu.
The menu is made up of a fusion of traditional British dishes, with a continental twist. For starter I opt for beetroot soup with goat cheese ravioli while my guest selects a goose parfait with plum and lemon compote. The soup is light and refreshing, which comes served with a basket of still warm soda bread.
As it is Sunday it would be silly not to indulge in a Sunday roast, and to my delight today they are serving beef. The attentive waiter wheels the carvery in front of you so you can select which cut of the meat you want and at what quantity. The beef is cooked to perfection, while trimmings of Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables also go down well.
My friend chose a lamb shoulder with spinach and salsa verde, with cod fillet, pork cutlet and baked field mushrooms also on offer as mains. We wash it down with a glass of Merlot, as recommended by the waiting staff.
I’m stuffed to the brim, but the waiter is persuasive and it does not take long before we are signing up for desert. Trinity burnt cream with fruit compote sounds intriguing, which turns out to be your standard crème brulee - one of my favourite dishes. The crisp top and creamy inside is complimented by a tangy fruit compote of raspberries and strawberries.
I also have a taste of my friends chocolate tart, which comes served with caramel ice-cream. It’s incredibly rich and indulgent, the perfect way to treat yourself.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at The Capability Restaurant and cannot think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It’s a great venue if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. I’m thinking of booking myself in for a future birthday, and might even indulge in a treatment from the spa’s hotel too.
The Capability Restaurant, Syon Park, call 020 7870 7777 or visit londonsyonpark.com