Marcus Wareing’s latest offering has been described as his more ‘accessible’ and ‘affordable’ eating establishment. We believe this translates as, giving people a chance to sample Wareing inspired food without breaking the bank at the likes of Marcus at The Berkeley or The Gilbert Scott at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Unfortunately for us, Mr Wareing isn’t actually the one behind the Pass at this venture but this didn’t stop us from visiting!
We arrived and were immediately warmly greeted by the Maître D who escorted us downstairs where we were met with a large sharing table that could happily seat 16 people. We were sat to one end of it close enough to the kitchen to see the delights that were making their way out to the restaurant.
The menu has since changed from the time that we went so the little snacks that we started with are no longer on the menu (poor decision in our opinion as we loved them). We had the most delicious Courgette Fritters we have ever tasted (please bring them back onto the menu!), Pork Sliders and Chorizo Jam with Charred bread. To follow we had the Harissa glazed aubergine with peanuts, coriander & chilli and Chicken Liver Mousse with Bacon Jam and Toast, both of which were delicious. The aubergine was crisp and worked impressively well with the peanuts. The chilli kick added another dimension as the aubergine was mild in flavour. The mousse took away the dense feel of a pâté and was so light and delicious that we wished there was more bread!
For mains we had the Gnocchi with cauliflower, sprouts, hazelnuts & Berkswell cheese. Again these aren’t ingredients that you would normally pair together but we were very happy with the result! As well as this we ordered the Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib which was accompanied by some seasonal vegetables on the side. This was melt in your mouth stuff and if we weren’t saving room for dessert, this would have been ordered again!
We made sure there was room for dessert as there were a few of the puddings that were calling out to us. One in particular being The virtuous chocolate brownie with coconut yoghurt made with no wheat, dairy, eggs or refined sugar. It was incredible! It was a dense cake with a dark bitter chocolate taste but we couldn’t believe that it was so ‘healthy’.
We loved our meal here and have to say the staff made it even better. We sat with them whilst they were clearing up and they even presented us with small Petit fours as a thank you for being great patrons! We will definitely be back, even just to say hi to the waiters!
4a Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9NY