Chiltern Firehouse

http://www.chilternfirehouse.com/

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This restaurant is the result of collaboration between Nuno Mendes (Viajante RIP) and André Balazs of the Mercer and Standard hotels in NYC and thus the restaurant attempts to have a ‘NYC vibe’. The first thing I found was that, while the service was certainly friendly, everything was slightly too overbearing, albeit in a casual way. I mean, do I really have to have “hi” or “good evening” said to me five times between the front door and sitting down?   We were sat at the counter which was a little cramped but watching the chefs at work was good fun.  There seems to be a nice bar scene and the cocktails were good.

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Crab-Stuffed Donuts

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Sea trout crudo with yellow mole, coriander

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Grilled Octopus with aubergine & mushrooms

The menu all looked very tasty and it was difficult to choose just 2 courses each although we also had the crab donuts from the bites menu.  These were the real lowlight as although they were nice (in a strange way) I had to remove two bits of shell/ cartilage from my mouth- not ideal! All the rest of the dishes were very good but the octopus was particularly excellent and the pork was perfectly cooked.

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Chargrilled Iberico Pork

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Roasted Turbot, cooked and raw heritage carrots

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Frozen Apple Panna Cotta

This was a very enjoyable meal and I would certainly go back; however, this appears to be the new ‘Dabbous’ in that is seems to be overhyped and according to our waiter there is already a three month wait for a reservation.

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