After handing in my dissertation (finally!) on Thursday, I had a brilliant weekend, consisting of two lovely restaurant visits, celebratory drinks and family birthdays…
The first of the two restaurants was the Bloomsbury Street Bar and Restaurant at the Radisson hotel near Covent Garden. I joined my friend Ella and her family for her 21st celebrations at this atmospheric, stylish restaurant on Thursday. We began the evening with a delicious Cosmopolitan each; pale pink and refreshing, it was one of the nicest Cosmos I’ve tasted, although at just under £10 per cocktail, one was sufficient!
When seated at our table we perused the food menu while Ella’s dad chose a red wine to go with our food. I opted for the warm salad of Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, celeriac and hazelnuts with elderflower dressing and Berkswell shavings to start, followed by the roast rump of lamb with courgettes, artichokes and thyme with slow roast tomatoes. The starter was light and delicious with a tart elderflower dressing, which worked well alongside the mild root vegetable flavours, and the lamb was quite simply divine; it fell apart in the mouth and was complemented perfectly by the smooth mash potato and the artichoke rosti.
Amongst the other mouth- watering dishes on the menu, devoured by the other members of our party, were starters of roast home- salted cod with cauliflower puree and vanilla oil, and tempura of squid with wasabi mayonnaise. Other mains consisted of fillet of sea bass pan fried on a puree of celeriac with mussels, clams, parsley and garlic sauce, and chargrilled rib eye steak from Dillon’s Farm in County Londonderry, with pink pepper corn sauce and chips.
Ella’s family, like me, are lovers of Spanish cuisine and wine, so alongside our food we enjoyed a medium bodied, fruity bottle of Don Jacobo, Rioja Crianza Bodegas Corral, 2004-05 which went excellently with the lamb!
While portions sizes did appear quite small, by the end of the meal we were all pretty stuffed and couldn’t even manage a glance at the dessert menu. We decided instead to go back home for some birthday cake, champagne and present opening.
The prices topped off this delicious meal; while on the higher end of the dining out scale with starters averaging £9 and mains £18, Toptable are offering 50% off food at the moment, so it’s well worth getting in on this deal while you can!