As you may know, we are big fans of Henry’s Kitchen in Hampton Court, so we were very excited when brother Henry’s Grill opened on Esher High Street in November.
It’s a large space featuring an open kitchen with a rotisserie charcoal grill. The décor is stylish urban, almost an industrial feel. Walls cladded in reclaimed wood cleverly remind you of the qualities of the food you are about to consume.
Like Henry’s Kitchen, Henry’s Grill is a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (www.thesra.org), meaning Henry’s Grill takes eco and social issues seriously. Locally sourced food and materials, sustainably sourced fish, recycled and upcycled materials are used wherever possible, socially responsible in its treatment of staff, to name a few.
Dining here can make you feel good in supporting the ideals. Yet it would be entirely possible to eat here and not even be aware of their ethos, so don’t let it turn you off if you’re not that way inclined. The core of Henry’s Grill is great food – including lots of meat.
Every Tuesday is Brazilian Rodizio Grill night, offering unlimited servings of meat, carved from skewers right at your table.
There’s live music on Fridays and Saturdays. In keeping with Henry’s ethos, young, local artists perform to diners, which often leads to impromptu dancing.
Service is excellent. Ann ate here with her family two weeks ago. When her daughter didn’t like her main, the waiter, passing by, picked up on it from the look on her face and then took it away and let her choose another one, something that’s hard to fathom in this day and age.
The menu is modern, with a big mix of cuisines. Italian, Moroccan, American, Mexican, Thai, Greek plus some classic British dishes make it difficult to choose. Of course this means Henry’s Grill is going to be a good bet no matter what you’re in the mood for.
Despite all the meat on offer, vegetarians are well represented with several dishes to choose from. I suspect even a gluten free vegetarian could find a thing or two.
Prices are reasonable, impressive given their ethos. Plus 50p from select items is donated to the local charity Shooting Star Chase.
We decided to share two starters. Always suckers for meze type dips, we went for the Hummus, tzatziki, aubergine caviar, guacamole, bread £5.45. The guacamole had some kick and was our favourite but all were tasty.
Our second choice was the Falafel topped with goat’s cheese and caramelised onion £5.95. We’ve never come across falafels used as a base but what a great idea. Nice textures and not at all dry.
For mains, Ann went for the Original burger, all burgers include lettuce, tomato, red onion & coleslaw in a brioche bun, served with chips £8.95. Actually she had this the first time she dined here but loved it so much she couldn’t resist having it again. And once again it didn’t disappoint. Good chunky chips, nice and crisp on the outside.
I chose one of my top five favourite lunches – Quesadilla toasted tortilla oozing with melted cheese, pico de gallo and one of the following delicious fillings: sweet potato & feta cheese or spicy chipolte chicken one course £7.50 Monday – Friday lunch and early evening menu.
Indecisive as always, they kindly offered to do half & half for me. I love sweet potato, initially I thought the feta with melted cheddar was weird but two bites in and I was sold. The chicken was juicy and tender and was very filling. A sucker for a quesadilla, I’d definitely order this again but still don’t think I could choose between the two.
The accompanying pico de gallo was stand out delicious. I would have been perfectly happy just slathering it on some toasted tortillas.
On to dessert. The dessert menu featured several tempting sounding offerings and we decided on sharing two. We managed to restrain ourselves from the chocolate fudge brownie, possibly by reasoning that carrot cake and apple pie sound like they count towards our five a day.
Apple Pie, a rustic Italian apple pie filled with apple pieces & crème patissiere. Served with vanilla ice cream £5.75. A satisfying tart of the European variety rather than the American kind. It was beautifully presented, as were all our dishes.
Carrot cake, a light carrot cake topped with delicious cream cheese & lemon icing $4.95. Mmm, this was moist and light as a feather with all the yummy flavour you’d expect in a carrot cake. Delicious.
We love everything about Henry’s Grill and genuinely hope it does very well in Esher. Go, support them and feel good about your eco and sustainable choice while enjoying a fabulous meal.
48 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QY
Street or town car park.
We were guests of Henry’s Grill but this is no way biased our review.