Stem is restaurant number three from Chef Mark Jarvis having opened Anglo and Neo Bistro to great acclaim over the past few years. Found just of Regent Street, Stem is an intimate 36 covers inside a Grade-II listed townhouse, and offers lunch and dinner, a 100-bin wine list and a 6-seater kitchen table to get right in on the action.

Inside is very easy on the eye, a contemporary, simple and very modern approach with eye-catching purple cushioned seating tracing one half of the front space. Danish style tables and chairs, white walls and flecks of green dotted are throughout from the potted and hanging plants.

Hand dived raw scallop with heirloom tomato and warm tomato consommé was so soft and fresh, while smoked chicken tortellini, braised leek hearts and lovage was rich in flavour with the soft parcels of pasta housing the tender smoked chicken. Aged sirloin of beef, pickled cucumber, shiso and bone marrow was verging on euphoric and the roast saddle of lamb, artichoke, courgette and basil, besides being a ‘WOW’ in presentation was again so soft, so beautifully put together and so enjoyable it seemed an injustice when it was gone. Paired alongside some excellent wine (Vignereuse, Croizde and Xinomarvro, Naoussa) we managed to leave room for their hazelnut cake and hay ice cream, yes hay ice cream…you just have to try it.

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Stem seemed like a hidden gem, the service was near perfect and we can not wait to go back.

5 Princes Street, London, W1B 2LF