Shangri-La at The Shard (TING lounge)

I still remember my first visit to Ting restaurant a few years ago which was not just the beautiful view, the lovely fragrant but their impressive service. With a wonderful previous experience, I decided to book lunch for my brother’s birthday and this time I managed to book the Ting lounge. The menu at the lounge is different to their restaurant where afternoon tea and a dedicated lounge menu with a range of Asian dishes is served.

The seating at the lounge are lower than the restaurant with big sofas. They were still comfortable to dine in but were more suited for afternoon tea then a main meal. There are table seatings in the lounge area and these are the ones which will give you front row view of London.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Although, Ting serves both afternoon tea and a lounge menu, you will have to choose either one of the option. I was hoping that the ladies in the family could have had the afternoon tea and the men in the family who prefer not to have the fancy three tiers to have the Asian dishes from the lounge menu.

As we had to select either one, we opted for the lounge menu as it cater for everyone and we could try Ting’s south-east Asian dishes.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

From the south-east Asian dishes, I ordered their Hainanese Chicken Rice (£18). This is poached chicken served with ginger flavoured rice, chicken broth and condiments. It is one of the signature dish in Singapore and I was intrigued to know what Ting’s Hainanese chicken rice would be like.

The presentation was beautiful and came as I expected for a Hainanese chicken rice. Each component of the dish came on one tray. The poached chicken was taken off the bones and beautifully cooked with succulent meat, including the chicken breast that tend to be driest part. The rice had a light ginger which went well with chicken.

Although the Hainanese chicken rice is £18 which is not cheap. But we did get what looked like half a chicken and off the bone. I was pleased with the quality that I was happy to pay for this price and with the bonus of the view.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

As well as south-east Asian dishes, the lounge menu also offers a range of middle eastern mezza and British dishes including salads, sandwiches and burgers.

We tried one of the chef special main course, Roasted South Coast Cod (£22) served with crushed Jersey Royals, samphire and cucumber butter sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly to give a silky piece of fish. It was a nice Summer dish to have for lunch or dinner.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Ting lounge has a selection of dessert and the birthday boy ordered the Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake (£8) served with Raspberry jelly and Raspberry sorbet.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Ting will also provide the service for you to pre-order a celebration cake directly from them. I pre-ordered a fresh cream strawberry cake for the birthday boy. It was different to the one I ordered in 2014 as this was more like a mousse cake.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Overall the food was good and I would go back for the Hainanese chicken rice again. My only disappointment in my latest visit was the service at the lounge was not as good as the restaurant. Although it was nice to not be rush for the restaurant, we felt there was a lack of attention from our server. Brushing this to one side for a special occasion we still enjoyed a wonderful lunch.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Review of Ting restaurant click here: https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/shangri-la-at-the-shard-ting-restaurant/

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TING (Lounge)
Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel (At The Shard)
31 St Thomas Street,
London,
SE1 9QU,
United Kingdom

http://www.ting-shangri-la.com

Samarkand London

Samarkand London recently opened their doors with Uzbeki style fine dining experience. If you are wondering what is Uzbeki cuisines than keep reading to find out.

Smarkand

The restaurant has taken over what was originally the site of Fino restaurant. The layout has not change much but it has been transformed to give a feeling of luxury.

Smarkand

While we waited for our food to arrive we were served complimentary toasted breads. They were warm with a slight smokey flavour. The bread is best enjoyed when they are warm because once cold they lost their attraction.

Samarkand

Our first round of food started with the small plates. The Somsa (£4 per parcel) are hand-made puff pastry parcels filled with beef & lamb. The parcels were beautifully made which reminded me of the Chinese roast pork puff pastry. But for the price tag they are premium puff pastry.

Samarkand

The Baklajon (£4.50) is Uzbek style smoked aubergine caviar. You could really taste the smokey flavour in the mashed aubergine which came served with tiny slices of rye bread.

Samarkand

Manti are traditional uzbek hand-made dumplings. Each serving comes with three mantis and is offered in two different filling – pumpkin (£6) or beef and lamb (£8).

The manti pastry was not too thick and it was still moist when it arrived on our table. It was served with a tomato base sauce that tasted like a bolognese sauce. It went well with the manti especially the one filled with beef and lamb.

Samarkand

Shashlik is skewered meat which is flamed over the robata grill. The serving is one skewer per 100g. The quality of the meat was good, but it does cost when you look at the price tag. Whether it is worth their price tag it is debatable.

Samarkand

We selected three of the shashlik on the menu. Each one were good but my favourite has to be the Wagyu Beef (£28). As you expected from wagyu the meat was tender. For a more texture than the Bavette (£13) also know as flank steak, would give you that.

The Buttermilk Marinated Lamb (£17) was also very tender and beautifully cooked. It had a nice portion of fat and lean meat.

After trying Samarkand robato grills it was followed by the dishes from the main courses. One of them was the Jiz Biz (£26) which is a pan-fried rack of lamb served with potato cake and salad. The meat is tender but fairly fatty. If you compared it with the buttermilk marinated lamb than I prefered the shashlik as it was leaner meat.

Samarkand

The Chicken Tabaka (£21) was pan-fried baby chicken which had a tangy orange flavour. I felt the orange flavour was too strong and the chicken slightly over cooked.

Samarkand

Fried Lagman (£16) is hand-pulled fried noodles with lamb shoulder in a tomato & chilli sauce. The flavour to me resembled a Chinese stir-fried noodle.

Samarkand

Poached Rainbow Trout (£18) is served in a shellfish broth with vegetables and keta caviar. The presentation of this dish was pretty but the flavour was too fishy.

Samarkand

With the mains we ordered the Samarkand Plov (£28 to serve two people) which is a Uzbekistan’s signature dish, that is usually made on special day. The dish consisted of slowly cooked beef short rib that sat on top of rice mixed with carrots, onions, chickpeas and barberries. It is garnished with pomegranate and spring onions.

The cooked beef short ribs was beautifully soft that it almost fell off its bone. This dish definitely gets my recommendation as the one to order at Samarkand London.

Samarkand

Since we ordered the Samarkand Plov we did not need sides to go with our mains. But on my second visit we did try the Truffle potato (£4). There is nothing special about this dish which was simply sliced cooked potatoes with truffles.

Samarkand London has a small selection of desserts on the menu which meant we got to try all of them.

The Chilli & Thyme Poached Peach with pistachio Crumble and Ice cream (£7.50) was pretty in presentation. The dish had a combination of texture which worked well. The peach was soft and the crumbles gave it a crunch. The ice cream helped stick the crumbles to the peach together and was like a sauce to the dessert. Each item on the plate made great friends.

Samarkand

The Baklava cake (£7.50) was a nice version of baklava. Unlike a tradition baklava it was not too sweet and like its name it had more of a cake texture.

Samarkand

If none of the main desserts take your fancy then for some thing a bit lighter is Samarkand London selection of ice cream and sorbet (£6 for three scoops), which is offered in a selection of flavours.

Samarkand

Samarkand London has an extensive list of drinks to choose, including two pages of tea and at a range of price. The most expensive tea we spotted was the Yellow Tea for £20.

Samarkand

As well as a range of tea, there are a range of wines and Samarkand cocktails.

Samarkand

On my first visit I did not know what to expect for Uzbeki cuisine. But it was not at all that unfamiliar as the food had influence from Mediterranean and Chinese cuisines.

Overall the food at Samarkand was nice especially the meat. But the cost of dining at Smarkand London is similar to fine dining price, although it is not there at the top with the true fine dining restaurants.

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Samarkand London
33 Charlotte Street,
London,
W1T 3RR,
UK

http://samarkand.london

Dum Dum Doughnuts

Doughnuts have become more than the traditional version that is deep-fried and coated in sugar. At Dum Dum doughnuts theirs are baked. The doughnuts are a cross between a doughnut and crossaint.

Dum Dum Donutterie

There are variety of flavours to select. My favourite has to be The Zebra. This is layers of crossaint and chcocolate dough filled with chocolate buttercream, topped with chcocolate ganache.

Dum Dum Donutterie

What I like about the Zebra is the texture but also because it is not too sweet. It is so satisfying when you cut it in half to see the beautiful layers.

Dum Dum Donutterie

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Dum Dum Doughnuts
Unit 31, Box Park
2-4 Bethnal Green Road
Shoreditch
London
E1 6GY
UK

http://dumdums.co.uk

BAO London (Fitzrovia)

Bao London opened their second branch in Fitzrovia this year, which is larger and more spacious than their Soho branch. It has a tapas bar layout but with BAO style design, which is simple like their first branch.

The menu is different to the Soho branch with the classic bao being the only item that both branches serve.

BAO Fitzrovia

Raw Langoustine, Dulse, Aged Soy, Oyster Leaf (£4 3/4) had a refreshing flavour. But it did have a strong fishy taste and not to every one liking.

BAO Fitzrovia

Beef Cheek & Tendon Nuggets (£4) is served with a spicy sauce. The tendon gives the nuggets a mixture of textures – where the beef cheek has the creamy soft texture and the tender has a jelly texture.

BAO Fitzrovia

Duck Hearts, Chilli Garlic Sauce (£5.50) was surprisingly to be my favourite dish. I love the tender texture of the duck heart and all the flavours worked well. The sauce is not as spicy as I thought and only has a slight kick.

BAO Fitzrovia

Fried Chicken Chop (£5.50) is served with a raw egg yolk and hot sauce. I requested the hot sauce separately as it was spicy for me. The chicken was moist and succulent in a crispy coating.

BAO Fitzrovia

Sanbei Octopus (£6) comes in a fairly spicy sauce which was tangy and vinaigrette. The octopus is more on the chewy side than tender. It came served with fat that is deep-fried and topped with fragrant Thai basil.

BAO Fitzrovia

Classic Bao (£4) is made up of braised pork, ferments, coriander and peanut. This is the same bao found in the Soho branch. The bun never fail at BAO, which is fluffy and soft.

BAO Fitzrovia

Cod Black (£5) is made up of fried cod, ng sauce and hot sauce. Again I asked for the hot sauce to be served separately. This bao is definitely a recommendation to order. As well as the duck hearts this was has to be the other favourite dish at BAO. The fish is deep-fried in a black battered and under this you will find moist cod meat.

BAO Fitzrovia

Beef shortrib, Marro, Eryngii (£3.40) comes with the soy cured egg yolk. The sauce is served separately and Wai Ting (one of the co-founder) explained to us to eat this dish, you pour the sauce over the rice and mix every thing together.

BAO Fitzrovia

At their Fitzrovia branch they do not serve their bao ice cream. Instead they do two milkshake which uses Gelupo ice cream. We tried the chocolate and rice milkshake which tasted like chocolate milkshake. Personally I felt for £5 it was expensive and I would rather pay for their bao ice cream.

It is not cheap to eat at BAO London. For two people we spent about £26 each including service charge.

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BAO London (Fitzrovia branch)
31 Windmill Street,
Fitzrovia
London,
W1T 2JN

http://baolondon.com

Cha Chaan Teng

Cha Chaan Teng is a modern Chinese restaurant located in High Holborn. The concept take inspiration from Hong Kong cha chan teng (cafes) to bring a British take to Chinese cuisines.

Cha Chaan Teng

The restaurant is located downstairs which has a 1960s upmarket feel with a modern trendy touch.

Cha Chaan Teng

The food at Cha Chaan Teng is made for sharing, although there are some dishes where you could have by yourself.

We started our meal with some of Cha Chaan Teng’s appetisers and one of these was the Layered lemongrass chicken skewers (£5.50) served with almond and cashew sauce. I found the chicken was dry on the outside and there was not enough sauce for the three skewers.

Cha Chaan Teng

BBQ hoisin and Coca Cola ribs (£6.80) had a sweet flavour. The ribs were tender that easily came off the bone.

Cha Chaan Teng

Lobster prawn toast (£11) is served with wasabi mayonnaise and sprinkled with sesame seeds. I liked how they serve the lobster prawn as a whole on the toast, similar to the one I have had in Hong Kong. The portion of each toast was slightly on a small side and pricey for £11. I felt the prawn toast did not have much taste but was balanced out by the wasabi mayonnaise to give it flavour.

Cha Chaan Teng

Spring onion & kale pancake (£4.50) served with a black vinegar dipping sauce, looked and tasted like par jeon (Korean pancake). May be this was their take of a Chinese spring onion pancake which unfortunately did not have that texture or taste. The dish itself was okay but it was where did it fit in to the concept made us question.

Cha Chaan Teng

Cha Chaan Teng offers a selection of macaroni soup on the menu. If you are wondering what this is, it is a common dish you will find in Hong Kong’s cha chan teng (cafes). It is usually what is an option for breakfast in Hong Kong. The dish is made of macaroni pasta and traditionally served in a chicken soup stock, although you can find it in a tomato broth. The topping can vary these days but is typically with ham.

At Cha Chaan Teng, we tried their Crispy coconut spam, pork & prawn wonton (£9.20). I felt the spam was too dry and could not see or taste any coconut. The pork & prawn wonton had no texture in the filling and the question about where was the prawn. It definitely was not the tradition pork and prawn wonton you will get at a typical Chinese restaurant.

The broth of the macaroni soup used their version of a hot & sour soup. For me it did not work for me and I would had just prefer a good quality chicken soup broth.

Cha Chaan Teng

For mains we tried the Crispy duck leg (£14) served with French toast in an orange maple syrup. The duck was crispy outside and succulent inside where the meat easily fells off the bone. The orange maple syrup had a hint of orange flavour which did not overpower the French toast and duck. I thought this was creative idea of a Chinese concept of a duck and waffle, but instead using duck and French toast.

Cha Chaan Teng

Sweet & sour pork shoulder with crunchy five spice crackling (£12.50) was not bad in taste, although on our first visit the pineapples, peppers and onions was slightly burnt. The crackling was really good which were crunchy but you could bite in like corn crisp. It gave it some texture as the chef had opted to use tender pork shoulder instead of deep-frying the meat.

Cha Chaan Teng

Chilli tiger prawns & lobster claws served with mantou (£44) was one of the most expensive dish on the menu. Whether it is worth £44 is a question and my answer would be no, even if it was lobster claws and huge king prawns.

This has taken the inspiration of one of Singaporean iconic dish, chilli crab. It was not the exact thing but it tasted similar. The presentation of this dish does need some working as I am not sure you would say it is pretty.

Cha Chaan Teng

The mantou were mini steam bun which would had been better if they were deep-fried mantou just like in Singapore. Being mini, there was not enough mantou to wipe clean the sauce.

It was a messy dish to eat which you expect from seafood with their shells. But we expected there would be wet wipes or a bowl of water with fresh sliced lemon to wash our hands. We did have a problem with eating some of the lobster claws as the shell was not cracked open and there was no lobster cracker available.

In my view I would had been happy to just have king prawn which is much easier to peel and eat. The meat was better than the crab being juicy and went well with the sauce.

Cha Chaan Teng

Whole crispy sea beam with sha cha sauce (£18) was one of my favorite dish on their menu. The fish was cooked just right and the presentation of this dish was pretty. The only criticism is the strong flavour of the lambs lettuce which I did not feel it goes well with the fish.

Cha Chaan Teng

Whole poached free range corn-fed chicken (£28) is served with ginger and spring onion in a spicy Sichuan sauce. This was a cold dish and not as spicy as it looked. The chicken was cooked just right with succulent meat.

Cha Chaan Teng

There are a range of sides that includes salads, vegetables and rice which can be order to go with the mains.

We tried their Smashed cucumber & heritage tomato salad with sesame dressing (£4.50). This was a refreshing salad and the dressing gave it that oriental flavour.

Salted duck egg XO fried rice (£5.80) was nicely cooked. I could taste the XO sauce but as I do love my Asian root, I would had like taste the salted duck egg.

Cha Chaan Teng

Desserts was the one part of my meal I was looking forward to, but unfortunately we were told there was no Dan Zei red velvet waffle cone as the waffle machine was broken. That was a shame as it had been some thing I was looking forward.

Instead I tried their other desserts on the menu. Pandan raspberry ripple Artic roll (£5) was similar to the original Artic roll but with a twist. The texture of the sponge cake was dense but that is how you would expect from a cake that has comes straight out from the freezer. The flavour of panda was very light and hardly noticeable. I would had prefer to taste a stronger pandan fragrant.

Cha Chaan Teng

Coconut vanilla Panna cotta (£4.80) texture felt odd, it was not one I relate to for a panna cotta. It was like it lack gelatine, but later I found out why. It was because they had used alternative ingredients so the dessert would suit vegans.

Cha Chaan Teng

Hedgehog cinnamon doughnut bun (£5) is filled with an egg yolk which was not oozing at all. The egg yolk was like a jelly yolk instead of the cream centre. However, the bun was beautifully fried with a crispy bun outside and a soft bun inside. The Hedgehog was missing some eyes so maybe they could had consider sticking two black sesame seeds for the eyes.

Cha Chaan Teng

Cha Chaan Teng also offers a selection of bao buns and crusty rolls. The size is smaller than a usual sandwich. If you considering this for lunch than I would expect you would need at least two of these.

Cha Chaan Teng

I tried the Crispy spam and fried quail egg crusty tiger roll (£4.80) which was served with Sriracha chilli, sesame carrot, coriander pickle and coconut crunch.

Cha Chaan Teng

As well as the main dining area, Cha Chaan Teng also has a bar area where you can enjoy their range of cocktails such as Lychee Cobbler, MSG, Kowloon Typhoon etc.

Cha Chaan Teng

The bar offers a selection of bar snacks which can be enjoyed both at the bar and the main restaurant. There are some dishes on the bar snacks menu that is not on the a la carte, so do have a look to see if any thing takes your fancy.

From the bar snacks menu we tried the Popcorn chilli beef (£7.50) served with black vinegar sweet and sour dipping sauce. This was a nice inspiration of popcorn chicken and deep-fried shredded beef. The popcorn chilli beef was not that spicy and it had a chewy texture.

Cha Chaan Teng

Peanut butter French toast (£3) served with condensed milk was indulgent dish. When made right this was a good dish. We had it as a dessert but it is not necessarily a dessert dish. Food does not really need to go by rules!

Cha Chaan Teng

Overall the food was not perfect and I definitely did not expect it, being it was their soft opening period when I visited. There are things that they do need improving and I indeed look forward to see these improvement if I ever get the opportunity to revisit.

Cha Chaan Teng

Hong Kong Cha Chan Teng (cafes) is usually considered to be a cheap and affordable place to dine in Hong Kong. But Cha Chaan Teng in Holborn can be expensive and you looking around £30 per person. It is definitely not the cha chan teng (cafes) where you want to get a quick lunch or dinner. It’s the place to enjoy the food and atmospheres with your guests.

Cha Chaan Teng

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Cha Chaan Teng
36-38 Kingsway,
Holborn,
WC2B 5BX,
UK

http://www.chachaantenguk.co.uk

Lima Floral (Lunch)

Lima Floral is the sister restaurant to Michelin starred Lima in Fitzrovia. This little sister is located in Covent Garden, close to Leicester Square tube station.

The restaurant serves Peruvian cuisine in a bright and vibrant setting. The lunch menu is tapas style split in to Ceviche, Saltadito (Peruvian-style stir fry), Tiradito (sashimi-style fish), Snacks, Anticucho (marinated grilled skewers), Potato Causa (dressed potato puree) and Jalea (in a light, tempura-style batter).

While waiting for our food we nibbled on complimentary yellow and purple corn breads served with a tangy dip.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

We ordered the Yunza selection box (£48) which is a chef selection of nine dishes to be shared between two persons. We did not know what nine dishes until the box is brought out. But the chef made a good selection which were made up of dishes from each section of the menu.

Lima Floral

Top of the box

Octopus tiradito – this consisted of octopus, green vegetables, onions, herbs and yellow chilli sauce. The octopus was tender and a dish with Italian flavours.

Prawn ceviche – the dish was made up of fat and juicy prawns, crunchy yuca root, creamy rocoto tiger’s milk, baby gem, mango. It was one of my favourite dish on the table which was a better version of prawn cocktail.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

Top shelve

Chicken anticucho – this was chicken skewer with sundried chillies served with a potatoes salsa.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

Sea bream ceviche – the chunky sliced sea bream was served with a tangy refreshing sauce.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

Middle shelve

Corn fed chicken potato causa – this dish was a combination of chicken, spring onions, yellow chillies , lime and olive oil. It was another favourite dish that we had on the table, which was creative. The combination of all the flavours on this dish reminded me of mayo chicken sandwich filling.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

On this shelves we also tried two of the snack dishes that are on the menu including crisps and their Mussels a la chalaca.

Bottom shelve

Salmon tiradito – this is like a sashimi dish made of sliced salmon marinated with sundries chilli and soya sauce.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

Mixed Jalea – we got a combination of squids and king prawns. It was served with cusco corn which went well with the seafood. I really enjoyed this dish although I am not a big fan with deep fried food. The squids was really tender in a softly crispy batter coating.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

As we were sharing between three people, we also ordered additional dishes alongside the Yunza box .

Beef saltadito (£10) is one of the Peruvian-style stir fry on the menu. It consisted of beef strips marinated with soya sauce, cumin, red onions, tomatoes. This dish tasted very oriental and my least favourite dish. I found the beef fairly tough and it was more beef cube than beef strips.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

Beef Loin anticucho (£8) is grilled beef skewers with anticucho sauce, new potatoes and red onion salsa. The beef were tender but I thought the chicken anticucho had more flavour. The best part of this dish for me was the new potatoes and red onion salsa.

Trio Tiradito (£15) is sashimi-style fish dish with the combination of tuna, salmon and cobia. The tuna is served with Amazonian cashew pesto and seaweed caviar. The salmon is marinated with sundries chilli, soya sauce. Whereas, the cobia is a cob fish with red kiwicha and blacksquid ink.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

We completed it with three of Lima floral’s desserts which were nice, but I felt the other dishes we had on the menu were more of the highlight at Lima Floral.

For dessert we tried their Guava Mousse (£6) which was a light dessert. You can taste the guava in the mousse.

Andean quinoa, almond milk and chocolate (£6) felt more like a breakfast dish then a dessert. It was smiliar to rice pudding but lighter. The dessert was not sweet as dark chocolate was used to accompany the quinoa. It was an intresting dessert and the combination of all the ingrediants worked well.

Alfajores, strawberries, purple corn sorbet (£6) was the sweetest dessert on the table. The Alfajores are soft cookies which tasted like shortbread biscuits.

Lima Floral (Lunch menu)

Overall I felt the food at Lima Floral is colourful and creative. The service was helpful and friendly.

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Lima Floral
14 Garrick Street,
London,
WC2E 9BJ

http://www.limalondongroup.com/floral

Hatchetts Restaurant

Hatchetts is a bar and restaurants in Mayfair Shepherd Market which is a few minutes walk from Green Park tube station. The bar is located upstairs with the main restaurant downstairs.

Although, being in the heart of Mayfair, this place is casual. It does not have a grand feeling to the place. and instead the decor was like an old market stable look.

The menu at Hatchetts restaurant is based on modern British food using British ingredients. One page covered all the starters, mains and dessert.

For starters I begun with the Celeriac “Risotto” Braised Hereford Snails, Hedgerow Garlic (£7.50). The celeriac did resemble risotto and worked well with the snails. Although the dish was full of wonderful flavour of garlic and butter, I felt it was slightly on the salty side.

Hatchetts restaurant

The Devonshire Crab & Nectarine Salad, Brown Crab Mayo, Cucumber, Samphire & Borage (£11.50) was a refreshing starter that was like a salad. The combination was interesting with sliced apples and crab meat.

Hatchetts restaurant

The mains are split in to two sections, from the grills and from the sea. I choice a main from the sea – Chicken Glazed Cod, Steamed Cockles & Clams, Seaweed Jelly & Crispy Sea Shore Findings (£13.50). The presentation of this dish was impressive and reminded me of the sea-shore.

I found the fish over-cooked but is this how the texture of this dish was intended to be, as it was described as chicken glazed cod. If it was, than it was succeeded, as the cod indeed had the meaty texture of a chicken breast. However, I prefer my fish to be a silky and moist in texture which this cod did not have. The fish itself did not have much flavour, which balance out well with the other ingredients on the plate that was more seasoned.

The crispy sea-shore findings I found the texture was on the tough side. I was expecting that it would be crunchy like biting in to crisps or tempura.

Hatchetts restaurant

From the grills there are a variety of meat dishes and my favourite was the 12oz Shorthorn Ribeye on the Bone with Lyonaisse Potatoes & Bone Marrow Gravy (£24). This dish was full of flavour and the Lyonaisse potatoes compliment the steak.

Hatchetts restaurant

Another beef dish on the menu was the 8oz Ballindalloch Fillet Steak, Pan Haggerty & Scottish Girolles. Friends found this slightly on the salty side otherwise every thing else was nicely executed.

Hatchetts restaurant

Slow Braised then Charred Tudge’s Pork Belly, Choucroute & Apples (£16) came with a generous portion of meaty pork belly that had a crispy skin. I did find the meat was on the dry side. But the main thing that did let this dish down was the bedding that the pork belly sat on which to us tasted burnt.

Hatchetts restaurant

We completed our meal sharing the dessert which I felt was the least interesting section of the menu. Usually the dessert menu is the one that captures me the most and the most exciting part of a three course meal.

The Dark Chocolate Marquis with Milk Chocolate Mousse, Cherry Glaze & Cherry Sorbet (£7) will please those who like their chocolate. This was a chocolatie dessert with the cherry sorbet making a good partner on the plate. The sorbet helped balanced out the dark chocolate marquis.

Hatchetts restaurant

Buttermilk Pudding & Poached Rhubarb with Rhubarb & Hisbiscus Sorbet (£7) was the dessert that I was least keen. The poached rhubarb was hidden in the buttermilk pudding, but it needed a knife and fork to cut through the rhubarb. Unlike the chocolate dessert this had more of a tangy flavour.

Hatchetts restaurant

Overall, the presentation of each dish was beautiful and they were good decent portion size for the price. But I did felt some of the dishes could had been better executed.

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Hatchetts restaurant
No. 5 White Horse street,
London,
W1J 7LQ,
UK

http://www.hatchetts.london