I really loved mt visit to DiverXO in Spain so, obviously, I was looking forward to this.
In the end I am not sure whether to quite like it or hate it. Firstly, we went at lunch and I was not drinking, this was probably a mistake, this is booze food! In fact the whole experience is conducive to drinking: there are a massive, usual, cocktail list, it is loud and neon inside, and the food is not very subtle. On the other hand, the loos are 2 stories above the restaurant so I am not exactly sure how much beer I would like to put down me! One definately should get in the mood for this place before going.
To me most dishes here seemed to have at less one extra (strong) flavor in them that just was not needed.
Stupid sized ginger cocktail!
Dumplings- the presentation seemed appropriate given we had just been at the RA.
Noodles (actually mushroom)
Soft shell crab
Lovely mouth (and ass) burning proper spicy Thai food in a cool counter dining venue in Soho. Favs were, by a thin margin, the dry curry and the mushroom salad.
Aged Lamb & Cumin Skewer
Slow Grilled Chicken & Soy
Smoked Sausage with Turmeric
Langoustines, Kaffir Lime & Sweet Mint
Southern Style Dry Curry of Pork & Basil
Clay Pot Baked Glass Noodles Tamworth Belly & Brown Crab meat
Fresh Mushroom Isaan Salad
Apparently the dining room here has had a fairly recent renovation and boasts a more modern, casual look than before. We had the tasting menu here which proved to be a solid, if not particularly memorable meal at this level but it certainly was not cheap, even by London standards!
CRAB Mackerel, beetroots, apple, nasturtiums
CAULIFLOWER Sheep’s milk, smoked herring
BRILL Mussels, hispi cabbage, sunflower shoots, radish
GUINEA FOWL Sweetcorn, truffle, baby gem, mushrooms
MANGO Pineapple, coconut, curry, puffed rice, coriander
CHOCOLATE Aerated guanaja chocolate, mascarpone, coffee ice-cream
This is a lovely place, with a stunning view and excellent food. I think 2 stars is probably fair. There were a few excellent dishes but there were 2 faults for me, firstly as my OH changed her first course she ended up with 3 dishes with peaches in them- that’s a lot of peaches! Secondly, although I love using a Sous-vide to cook duck flesh I think the skin can come out a strange texture some times and this was the case here.
Bread served with ginger olive oil
Rum baba with peaches
Ten Mori (mixed tempura)
Tori Hiya-Atsu (chicken cold udon with hot broth)
Kinoko Hiya-Atsu (mushrooms, with walnut miso, cold udon with hot broth)
LE MENU EXCEPTIONNEL
Wonderful place! Although again on my second visit I did not think the food was 3 star level, however, maybe the cooking here is just a bit too ‘classical’ for me.
Pork and lovage – £5
Roast hake, cauliflower, curry – £16
Salmon, peas, sweet & sour wasabi
Octopus, limestone potato, radish, tarragon – £15
GBM – Lobster, crab, scallop, sea herbs – £25
Burnt tenderstem broccoli, verbena, salted egg – £7