French Mini Plates @ Tapas 37, Victoria

On a standard week I usually give myself a few dry days after the weekend to rest the ol’ liver, re-coup, then by hump-day, start all over again. But since this wasn’t any old week, this was my ruddy 30th birthday bonanza week, it felt only right to scrap the rule.

Last Tues I was kindly invited along to Tapas 37, a new restaurant in the Eccleston Hotel. It was French tapas. Yep, it does sound a little different but I was down, so was Rach, so we headed to Victoria for feastin’.

Tapas37

It was a good 10 min walk from the station *argh*, but we did work up an appetite. The hotel is a sweet boutique place with a cosy front room for dining. I had a snoop on the website and the rooms look lovely. This would be the perfect location if you were off to see Wicked.

Tapas37

Decent cocktail menu, I got a traditional bellini and Rach went straight onto the vino. The place was pretty quiet so lacked in the atmosphere dept, but it was perfect for a girly catch up. Rach’s hen planning and my impending birthday surprise from the boy were hot topics.

Tapas37

More drinks and we got to ordering. Great selection, I honestly wanted one of each dish, but I did have a playsuit to wear at the weekend so had to reign it in.

Tapas37

So we got down to business, they say around 3 plates per person is enough. First out – deep fried courgette flower stuffed with cream cheese.  It was drizzled with truffle honey. Tiny but tasty.

Tapas37 courgette flower

The Cod fritters were fairly average, the flakey fish inside was moist however I felt they could have done with a dipping sauce. At £6.50, a little over priced.

Tapas37 cod fritters

Then some chilli cheese croquettes – which were gorgeous. They had a crispy shell and were filled with a rich, thick cheese sauce. The chilli dip was a great spicy addition. I will admit we went a little over board on the deep fried options so I was happy to welcome the meat…

Tapas37 chilli croquettes

Next, marinated ribs. Three small ribs for £8.50, again not cheap. I couldn’t quite make out what they were marinated in, they weren’t smokey or spicy, just a little sweet but kind of bland. The meat however, did fall off the bone and was very tender.

Tapas37 ribs

We then ordered a deconstructed beef bourguignon which was rich in flavour and beautifully presented.

Tapas37 beef

On the side a mini pan of dauphinois potato – sooo cheesy.

Tapas37 dauphinois

We polished it all off with ease. So much so we went for round 2. I’m not sure if our server was impressed or grossed out.

Duck spring roll, which was actually a really good size and super tasty (despite looking more like a samosa than a roll)

Tapas37 spring roll

Finally, my fave plate, simple beetroot and goats cheese with crostini bread. A great looking dish which we also demolished.

Tapas37 bettroot goats cheese

Sadly no pics of the puds as we were told we had met our food quota for the evening – ouch. In my experience when I’ve been asked to test drive a menu there’s not usually a munching limit, which I found quite odd. None the less we left full and content.

As a tapas lover I found the thought of lots of French mini plates exciting, but in reality I would of preferred a standard starter and hearty main. I can definitely see this being popular with the pre-theater crowd as it’s quick and not too heavy.

We enjoyed picking away, however, you need at least 4 plates per person for a standard tum, which ain’t cheap. I really enjoyed the chilli cheese croquettes, beetroot and beef and would consider returning (if I was in the area) for a cocktail and snack, as it is a relaxing place.

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