If you have ever been to one of the Ricker restaurants you will know not to be disappointed when going to one of the others. Eight Over Eight is one of four stylish pan asian restaurant’s owned by Australian born Will Ricker and is situated right on the King’s Road in Chelsea. Frequented by many A-list celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss, It’s considered a trendy little haunt but that’s not the only reason why we like it.
After having visited E &O, XO and The Great Eastern Dining Hall, we decided to visit Eight Over Eight. Our expectations were set high and certainly met after our lunch time dining experience. We arrived promptly for our 3pm lunch reservation. The atmosphere was rather quiet (supposed to be lively at dinner time), however we enjoyed the calm atmosphere created by its minimalistic interior and elegant oriental lampshades, which hung from the ceiling.
The first thing we noticed when we walked in was a fashionable looking bar where you can wait for your table and enjoy an exquisitely prepared cocktail if busy. Extremely hungry we were lucky enough to be seated at our table straight away and after looking at the extensive list of cocktails and electic wines, we opted for champagne mojitos. Just like classic mojito’s these were prepared with rum and fresh mint, the only difference was the splash of prosecco which made it extra special. The staff were extremely attentive but far from stuffy and made you feel at home right away, which contributed the enjoyable experience.
The menu was right up our street and included a wide range of innovative fusion style dishes from crunchy sushi with a kimchi mayo, to soft shell crab tempura with a jalapeno dip and duck and watermelon salad with cashew nuts. With so many delicious dishes on the menu, choosing was difficult and seeing as there were a large group of us we decided to opt for a selection to share.
For starters we ordered salmon sashimi, salmon and avocado maki, mushroom gyoza, spare ribs in a black bean sauce, chilli salt squid and crispy pork belly in black vinegar. The combination of sweet and sour flavours and extraordinary textures was just perfect but what really made the dishes so special were the freshly prepared sauces with which they came with. They must have been prepared with much love and care because when you tasted them you really did believe that every little ingredient counted. They tasted exquisite.
The mains were just as delicious and we decided to go for duck and watermelon salad, chicken pad thai noodles, egg fried rice and black cod, which is to die for. Moist and tender, it simply falls apart in your mouth and is presented delicately with dots of sweet miso. The combination of flavours was simply invigorating and like nothing else we had ever tasted before.
Even though we were stuffed, we couldn’t resist dessert and opted for the chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream and the cookies and cream mochi. Again the combination of flavours and the hot and cold temperatures combined was really something special.