When a new restaurant is hailed as one of the best in London, you can count on us at Gentleman’s Journal to head straight over and find out if the proof is indeed in the exquisite pudding.
Situated in a period three-story townhouse on the fashionable Beauchamp Place, OSH Knightsbridge is already garnering a reputation as the newest culinary hotspot for a “taste of the Silk Road.” We headed to the Capital’s second most affluent neighbourhood to discover whether the self-billed ‘authentic’ Central Asian cuisine deserves the accolades…
In a nutshell?
East meets west, with a spot and north and south thrown in for good measure. We didn’t know we were looking for Uzbek cuisine but now we’ve found it.
What's the occasion?
Whether heading for after-work drinks to the stylish cocktail bar, hoping to impress on a romantic dinner date, or going all-out with a night at the ‘invite only’ private lounge on the top floor — OSH provides a little something for everyone, managing to be both elegant and cosy.
What's the vibe?
Designed to evoke the Bazaar cities along the Silk Road, expect azure tiling and sumptuous interiors, alongside an open Uzbek robata grill filling the room with spices, and even a small exotic grocery stand where you can purchase fruit and vegetables imported twice weekly from Uzbekistan.
You needn’t hop on a plane to experience the delights of an Eastern odyssey — simply take the Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge.
What's on the menu?
True to every hyperbolic review we have come across, OSH provides something new in the saturated market for world-class ethnic-inspired cuisine in the capital. This can perhaps be credited to Uzbekistan having China to the east, Iran to the south, with Europe and Russia bearing down from north and west.
Not a great location admittedly when it comes to war and invasion, but it has made Uzbek cuisine an exciting fusion of flavours from a myriad of different cultures and nations.
Approach your evening here with a hearty appetite, in order to enjoy a shared selection of the smaller plates (there’s many plates on the menu: big, little, cold, hot, salad). We recommend the tuna tartare served with aubergine hummus and black caviar, and the soft shell crab with spicy Nuoc Cham sauce. For a larger dish, the salmon teriyaki with zucchini pickles is a must.
What should I be drinking?
The cocktail bar offers a refreshing selection of Eastern-inspired concoctions. The gin-based Botanist cocktail was the perfect aperitif, and we were guided expertly through a wine list which ranks quality over quantity by the in-house sommelier.
A selection of wines are also available by the glass.
The signature dish here is a traditional Eastern Shashlik, with a choice of grilled meats – we recommend the chicken – as well as a selection of vegetarian alternatives.
Price for two with wine?
Expect to pay £70-80. Small bites begin at an inclusive £5, and work up to £29 for a main course of Creekstone Sirloin Beef.
Looking to sample some Anatolian cuisine in the City? Take a look at our review of Rüya London’s Mekan Bar…