A newcomer to the restaurant scene, Heritage is London’s first modern-Swiss inspired restaurant and bar located in Rupert Street, Soho.
The restaurant is in good company; a few doors down from The Palomar, XU Teahouse and Hovarda, and its modern wood decor provides a great setting, with well spaced out tables, for a relaxed dining experience. We were welcomed and looked after from the moment we walked through the doors.
Providing a comprehensive wine list, focusing on a lot of Swiss grapes, our sommelier helped us navigate the list and gave a great recommendation, however with prices starting from £40, we would have liked to see a few cheaper options on the list.
We kicked off our meal with an amazing dry aged steak tartare with a beetroot and yoghurt dressing, crumbled egg yolk and caperberry. This has to be the best steak tartare we have ever tasted, and we’ve had a few. We also enjoyed the Dingley Dell bacon rösti, served with a maple and pepper glaze, black truffles and a Tomette de Brebis cheese. The two dishes worked well together as we needed some acidity to cut through the rich rösti. Be warned, the rösti is large and, thanks to a well informed waiter, we didn’t make the schoolboy error of ordering two (despite being very tempted to do so).
For mains, we think we should have looked at ordering something from the charcoal grill or charbonnade, which offered a nice range of meat and seafood dishes either cooked in the kitchen or by yourself on a personal grill brought to your table. But, being cheese fans, we were drawn to the authentic Swiss fondue, and some smaller dishes. In retrospect, a very heavy cheese meal after the rösti (it’s Swiss after all), but enjoyable all the same.
We shared the mixed meat fondue – a modern take on the traditional fondue where the usual accompaniments of bread and raw vegetables were swapped for a charcuterie plate of beef fillet, sausage, Cobble Lane cold cuts and pickles (again, the pickles are needed to balance the palate from the rich fondue dish), along with the charred Romanesco (delicious) and equally rich (but moorish) gratin ‘Le Museum’. One thing about Elldrew, we don’t do things in moderation!
We finished our meal off with a sort of deconstructed sticky toffee pudding, perfectly balanced and not as rich as it sounds, an espresso to motivate us to leave our seats after our heavy meal, and a not so light bill.
Possibly better suited for the colder months, we really enjoyed eating at Heritage. Whilst it’s still new, it’s had some hype around launch, but wasn’t full on a Saturday evening, so we hope people get behind it and try it out.
18-20 Rupert Street London, W1D 6DF