Secret Mediterranean Basement @ Apero

Apero would not have been an obvious choice, since it is situated in the basement of Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. Our visiting friend Tibbie did some research of the area and suggested Apero as she was wrapping up her lesson at the Saatchi Gallery, whilst Shewy and I could take the tube which was only a stones throw away, it was a convenient choice to meet and eat.

There are 2 entrances to the restaurant, one through the hotel, and the other from its street level main entrance which leads to a staircase into its bar area. I guess most people would enter the restaurant via the hotel entrance because it is more obvious, but I would suggest entering from its main entrance as you get to see its pretty, dainty, bar area parting from its high ceiling.

Apero serves Mediterranean food, as explained by the waiter, all the food is best shared and 2-3 dishes per head would be enough. We had a similar situation at Asia de Cuba last week and we over ordered, so this time we were more reserved with the number of dishes we shared. If we weren’t full enough we would order more dessert to compensate.

Need me more to write than the photos followed in this post? Since the photos are 2D, I would like to add, fruits and vegetables used were all fresh and juicy and I was happy to see flat peaches on the menu, meaning that they do use seasonal produce. I do praise Chris Golding, the head chef for his choice and use of fruit and vegetables. How strange for onion bread be matched with seaweed butter? It worked. Peaches and blue cheese? Refreshing and yum. His plating presentation was just impeccable which just gave a modern bounce to each dish.  Had this restaurant been located in Soho I am sure it would be fully booked every night.

Would definitely visit again soon.

Apero's street level entrance

Apero’s street level entrance

Onion bread with seaweed butter

Onion bread with seaweed butter

Courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta

Courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta

Swordfish & greens

Swordfish & greens

Green leaf salad

Green leaf salad

Salad with flat peaches and blue cheese

Salad with flat peaches and blue cheese

Pork cutlets cooked in white wine.Pork cutlets cooked in white wine.

Dessert: Melon and Elderflower with Watermelon sorbet

Dessert: Melon and Elderflower with Watermelon sorbet

Dining area

Dining area

Private dining room

Private dining room

Thoughtful Tibbie gave me a present at the end of dinner, though we do not see each other often, it touched me that she took my words into her heart. Last week our banter ended with the question, “Who am I? What is my purpose?” She gave me a book titled, “What on earth am I here for?”. A slow reader I am will hopefully get through the book before end of year.

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