17
Tuesday
Apr 2012

Dabbous

Posted in Restaurants & Bars

I had read so many great reviews about Dabbous that I was eagerly counting down the days until the night of our reservation. (Yes, it is best to book a table in advance and “in advance” may mean waiting a month or two.)  It definitely lived up to all of the hype.  All of the elements that go into a dining experience from the atmosphere, to the service, to the food and presentation combined harmoniously together into a wonderful experience.

The restaurant has a very industrial feel to it with part of the space being divided by thin iron frames. It reminded me of a theatre set in the midst of construction, which lent itself beautifully to the drama that was about to unfold on our table. Rather than adopting a singular style of cooking, the chef Ollie Dabbous has created a signature style all his own. His influences hail from a range of different countries, but the cohesive theme throughout all of his dishes is: beautiful food, combined in a way to highlight all of the natural and wonderful flavours in “deconstructed elegance” (totally borrowing that from our wonderful server).

Speaking of the service, it was some of the best I have received in London. Friendly and attentive, the server even laughed at my lame joke. Shall I spare you? No… I asked him what the “iced lovage” was on the dessert menu and after his explanation I jokingly quipped, “Oh good, I thought it may be an ice cube that you just all blew kisses at.” (Thereby through love it was delicious!) Here all night folks!

As far as naming highlights on the menu, we honestly enjoyed everything.  Some things that stood out though were the coddled free range egg (my husband wanted to order another after the first bite) and the chocolate dessert with dill sauce. Brilliant! As the dishes are small, I do recommend going with a friend who likes to share so that you can order a sampling of dishes and really experience the full range of culinary prowess on show. I am already plotting my next visit and am looking forward to experiencing Dabbous Act 2.

 

Mixed alliums in a chilled pine infusion £5

 

Coddled free range hen egg with woodland mushrooms and smoked butter £7

 

English asparagus, virgin rapeseed oil mayonnaise, meadowsweet & hazelnuts £6

 

Charred salmon with elderflower, spring onions & almonds £12

 

Squid with seaweed, radishes & toasted buckwheat in a light broth £12

 

Barbecued halibut, iodized sour cream, beetroot & watercress stems £14

 

Iced lovage £4 (An amazing palate cleanser that was a celery and herb sorbet.)

 

Chocolate and virgin hazelnut oil ganache, dill moss, and sheep’s milk ice cream £7

 

www.dabbous.co.uk

Address: 39 Whitfield St, London W1T 2SF

Telephone: 0207 323 1544

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:30pm to 11:30pm

06
Tuesday
Mar 2012

Fino

Posted in Restaurants & Bars

Fino is a great little tapas restaurant located in the heart of Fitzrovia. Its entrance is actually around the corner from its physical address and is a little hidden off of the main street. The hip and modest decor balances out the energized atmosphere and is well suited for groups or dinner for two.  The dishes are flavourful and simply presented. My absolute favourite is the squid wrapped in pancetta and served with squid ink.  A few select special dishes can also be made to order if notified at least 48 hours in advance such as the roast suckling pig (yes please), roast Pyrenean milk fed lamb, or fish, lobster and crabs sourced locally and prepared as you wish.  It is perfect for a quick small bite or for a lengthy dinner with friends where you can continuously order plates as you go through bottles of wine. Cheers!

Chorizo & Potato Chips £3.20, Ham Croqueta £3.60, Pimientos de Padron £4.50

 

Queen scallops with fresh herbs & lemon £5.60

 

Squid with pancetta and ink sauce £12.80

 

Chickpeas with pancetta and spinach £6.80

 

Classic Tortilla £6.80

 

www.finorestaurant.com

Address: 33 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RR

Telephone: 0207 813 8010

Hours: Lunch: Monday through Friday 12:00pm to 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday through Saturday 6:00pm to 10:30pm, CLOSED Sundays.

 

27
Thursday
Oct 2011

London Cocktail Club

Posted in Restaurants & Bars

If you are looking for a place to grab an amazing cocktail, or somewhere a bit off the beaten path, you must stop by this underground club. The charismatic bartenders are truly knowledgeable, inventive and daring. The drinks follow suit. The assorted food nibbles on the menu are the perfect companion when sampling various drinks to ensure you stay safely seated on your bar stool. So all you really have to be mindful of are the drinks that are served on fire. Tempted?

Bacon & Egg Coupet (£8) and the Bramley Apple Smash (£8)

Martini Olives (£2), Smoked Bacon Bites (£4) & a Pint of chips with bloody mary dipping sauce (£4) with a Batida Con Cafe cocktail (£8)

www.londoncocktailclub.co.uk

The London Cocktail Club
61 Goodge St,
LONDON, W1T 1TL
Telephone: +44 20 7580 1960

Hours:
Monday – Friday 4:30pm to 12:00am
Saturday 5:00pm to 12:00am
Sundays are reserved for private bookings only