With a busy work orientated January and February I was determined that once we hit March I would get out from behind my desk and spend some quality time with friends & loved ones. Planning fell that nearly every Friday in March turned into a “Friday with Friends” day.
The first fell early in the month with my friend C’s surprise 60th birthday, which gave me a chance to catch-up with many. The 2nd was with my oldest friend K and a very lazy lunch at One Aldwych in London.
One Aldwych is a bit of a hidden gem just behind Covent Garden on the corner of The Strand & Aldwych. My previous experience at One Aldwych was when I visited for afternoon tea Charlie & the Chocolate factory style a couple of years ago.
We arrived for a lunch sitting at 1 and we left the restaurant at 5.30!... a very lazy lunch.
We were seated in a booth type table downstairs in the Axis restaurant. Dominic Teague is the executive chef at One Aldwych and prides himself on a a Modern British menu incorporating seasonal ingredients.
For Main courses I chose Braised beef cheek in red wine and port, creamed potato and pancetta – and a side of heritage carrots. With ‘cheeks’ being one of the on-trend dishes at the moment I was intrigued to try this, as it is something I wouldn't consider cooking myself. The flavour is quite strong but was completely complemented by the wine and port and succulently cooked to the point it melted in the mouth, accompanied by perfect mash and a glorious array of multi-coloured carrots it was a gorgeous dish for a chilly spring day.
K chose 28-day dry-aged rib-eye Denham Vale beef with slow-roasted tomatoes, French fries and béarnaise sauce – this looked amazing when it was presented and K said it was the best steak she had had.
The Crème brûlée,was with poached Yorkshire rhubarb – sweet & sharp in equal parts.
Blackberry soufflé and blackberry ice cream – cooked to perfection the soufflé was gloriously sweet & sharp and was like a huge blackberry cloud in your mouth, complemented by a
Lunch was accompanied by a gorgeous bottle of Rioja Crianza, Romesa, 2010, Spain (Strawberry and blackberry. Vanilla and cocoa smoothness) perfect for our mains & desserts. It’s been a long time since I drank red wine and it was a lovely treat, especially as we were not rushed and could savour and enjoy over the afternoon.
All of the team were fantastic, attentive when they needed to be, what we both really loved was that they let us just sit and chat with no pressure to leave the table or hurry us up, the service was fabulous and the knowledge offered by all the team that we dealt with were a credit to the restaurant and hotel.
A huge thank-you to Mark Tucker who’s customer service was amazing prior to my visit
We had a lovely time and it really was a fabulous Friday with friends & great food.