I had heard about Scully from a friend and had been very high on my list. The restaurant is named after chef Ramael Scully. He was previously at Nopi and his food is a mix of his heritage – born in Malaysia, brought up in Sydney by his Chinese/Indian mother and Balienese father.
When my dear friends Mario and Stefan passed through town they were the perfect companions for trying it with – they love food and experimenting with new flavors.
Right at the entrance you immediately face a wall of jars with pickled fruits and veggies which got me excited. The space is modern and cute and I would like to go back and sit at the bar facing the kitchen at some point.
They start you off with some spicy chickpeas that are completely addictive and set a great tone for the meal. We absolutely loved our lunch, so much so that I brought my mom back on her last day in London – five days later.
There is so much on the menu I still want to try but the issue is I loved so many dishes I can’t help ordering them too…..like the tomato salad and halibut.
Zucchini, Tomatillo, Belper Knölle, Rosemary Crispbread: This was a great way to start the meal, fresh zucchini made richer with the Belper Knölle cheese sprinkled on top. The crispbread was good but almost unnecessary….
Summer Tomato and Coconut Salad, Green Strawberries, Tomato Shrub: LOVED this dish – absolutely perfectly sweet tomatoes, delicious raw coconut and strawberries, a totally unexpected pairing that worked brilliantly well. Summer on the plate!
Arepa, Eggplant Sambal, Bergamot Labneh: my mother loves eggplant and it has grown on me so we went for it. The arepa was steaming hot and the perfect vessel for the spicy eggplant cooled down by the labneh. Very good but I ordered it because of her and next time will likely skip to make space for other things.
Char-Grilled Broccoli, Chinkiang Vinegar, Salted Egg Yolk: broccoli is my favorite vegetable but I don’t need anything on it, just simply steamed with some olive oil and lemon or butter. This one was a bit hidden by some crunchy onions and the creamy salted egg yolk. Good but didn’t blow me away.
Halibut, Ginger Shiitake, Vadouvan: this was killer good. The fish extremely tall and flaky, the shitake al-dente and earthy and it was already good before they even poured a buttery vadouvan sauce……wow.
Crispy Pork Belly, Lemon Chili Jam, Nettle Tabbouleh: another rich and amazing dish.
Piura Porcelana Chocolate Sorbet, Pistachio, Tonka: my mom doesn’t eat dessert but always seems to know which dessert will be the best and encouraged me to get this. I told myself I could just eat a few bites…..WRONG. The chocolate sorbet was extremely creamy and rich and it was topped with pistachio, tonka beans and little pickled berries from the jars in the entrance. Rich and light, indulgent and complex. Perfect.
In sum: creative, delicious and the type of meal you really want to eat the next day already. And I almost did take husband and mom for dinner the following night but they were booked solid….
4, Saint James’s Market, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4AH, UK