Friday. You know the drill, time to get this weekend started. So, (some weeks ago) we planned a girls dinner, but as 5pm approached numbers started to dwindle… from 5 to 4 to 3 to 2. so, I met my old Scottish pal Louise in Liverpool Street for a fancy pants dins and coincidentally to celebrate our 4 frieniversary.
1901 restaurant in the Andaz hotel is pretty grand, with tables arranged around the central bar area it wasn’t hard to get a drink from any angle. The high ceilings and dome roof were defo a wow factor.
First up, bread. I don’t know why I get so excited about bread and butter,(probably cause I’m starving) it’s just uniquely shaped dough, in all flavours and varieties, smothered in soft full fat butter, oh man…and with that most of the basket is demolished before our drinks even arrive. It’s quickly followed by one of their signature cocktails- I don’t remember the name (worst blogger) but it was the first listed and had gin and elderflower in- strong and bitter great combo. Lou went for her classic prosecco.
I love fancy menus as despite reading each dish 5 times, you never know exactly what you’re going to get. All I know was we picked some amazing starters.
For me, lobster and crab ravioli with a side scallop in a gorgeous bisque. Lobster and pasta, what’s not to like?
Lou went for the duck terrine (later admitting she didn’t know terrine was like paté) D’oh. Luckily it was creamy and had a lush gamey flavour with a cheeky jelly trim, and looked oh so pretty.
For mains, we both chose red meat, you know what that means… red wine Mmm. A rich, deep Malbec was just the trick.
As much as I love dins with Mike, he ALWAYS has steak, which means I have to get something different (that’s the rule) but this time Lou went for lamb. Soooo, whooop fillet steak you are mine.
If you hate rare meat look away now. Lovely and pink, swimming a pool of port jus. Boozey beef- shit this was good. Top marks on presentation, I didn’t want to wreck it…. but I did.
Lou’s meat came with a dark crust that wrapped around the juicy lamb fillet…. more red wine reduction was poured over at the table keeping it super moist. I should of gone for that. Damn.
And as if you need to ask, obvs we had desserts. Lemon curd parfait that looked like an art attack piece. Sooo pristine, tangy and refreshing.
Along with a super rich chocolate layer cake, that I could literally only eat 3 spoons full as it was so sweet. I’m not sure this was the doggy bag kinda place- too awks to ask.
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