As with all things Savoy, the restaurant’s moniker tells a delightful tale. Kaspar is a wooden cat sculpture that was acquired by The Savoy in the 1920s after the untimely demise of a dinner guest who happened to be the thirteenth diner.
He died on the Strand immediately after leaving, so Kaspar was invited to join any future tables of thirteen. Sir Winston Churchill was a fan.
Of course, the true Savoy experience begins as soon as you step out of the car. The extraordinarily intricate ceilings, the black and white art deco floor tiles and the frightfully English wallpaper in the reception do not fail to reassure.
On entering Kaspar’s, to the rear of the hotel, the turquoise banquettes and chandeliers are an art deco-lovers paradise. Our cheery waitress suggested two cool cocktails which were most welcome on such a balmy evening.
My guest enjoyed the Kasparette; vodka, elderflower and fresh lemon juice, topped up with Champagne. I was treated to a classic Cosmopolitan which was both refreshing and bitter.
Our waitress kindly suggested a pre-starter fresh seafood platter that comprised meaty, hot smoked sable fish, oak smoked eel, London Cure smoked salmon and wild smoked Scottish salmon. As fish and seafood fanatics, we were in heaven.
My guest opted for the chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Served with Cumberland sauce, the foie gras was satisfyingly rich and velvety. My pan-roasted diver scallops, accompanied by a thick tomato verbena jam, were chunky and fleshy.
Half an Isle of Skye lobster, with its ice white meat and fleshy texture, was greeted by much approbation, while my two Monkfish kebabs were both generous in size and meaty.
The garlic chilli fried sprouting broccoli was a delight and The Savoy cabbage with double smoked bacon was also an original side order which impressed.
Although specialising in seafood and fish, Kaspar’s offers plenty of alternatives including a 7oz Hereford fillet of beef, sweet potato and goat’s cheese ravioli with roasted salsify and truffles, and organic spatchcock chicken.
The Private Dining Room at Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill hosts up to 14 guests in an elegant room with views of The Thames.