Website – http://thestranddiningrooms.com/
Closest Station – Charing Cross
Food – 5
Drinks – 5
Service – 5
Ambience/location – 5
October is upon us, the clocks will change soon and the days will be shorter. It all means Christmas is coming! And what else does that mean? Christmas do’s, romantic winter dates and catch up’s with the girls.
In between all this, of course, we have to eat.
I recently visited the Strand Dining rooms with one of my best friends Rita Morar. The three month old restaurant is based a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square, right on the Strand. We wandered in on a breezy Thursday evening and were instantly enamoured by the high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. The dining rooms had a really British 1950’s feel but it was also very Sex and The City with lots of groups of women dining as well as mixed groups.
We began with a couple of cocktails. I had a Nelson Collins which is an absolutely delicious long gin based cocktail and garnished with cucumber, for gin lovers I highly recommend this. Rita had a classic Cosmopolitan which was classic in every sense of the word. It was fruity, refreshing, aromatic and almost spicy. With the cocktails we had some starter bread. One of the breads was sooo AMAZING. It was brown fennel bread which was beautifully fragrant and complimented the cocktails. The butter that was served with it was melt in your mouth. I found that the restaurant was the kind of place you could go on a date, for a nice family meal or for a girls/boys evening out.
Moving on to the food…
For starters we ordered the Whiskey Cured Salmon which was lovely and smoky but perfectly complimented with a sweet pickle. It was light, refreshing and perfect on the palette. I ordered the pear, celery, stilton and fennel salad which was a beautiful classic dish that was light, refreshing and made with the freshest ingredients.
For mains I had the Seafood Crumble which was an absolute cheesy delight of prawns and other seafood! It is a savoury take on the apple crumble and is made with tender seafood in a creamy sauce with a light but masculine crumble topping. T. Rita had the Poached fillet of Stone base served with a fish veloute. This had classy presentation, the fish and veloute melted in your mouth and was an absolute creamy dream.
We decided to share a dessert because we were almost stuffed but wanted something sweet. We opted for the baked vanilla cheesecake which was an American heaven! Rich and creamy in texture with hazelnut undertones. Rita also had a delicious, creamy hot chocolate… it was lush!
To accompany our meal we opted for a white, Les Fleurs De MontBlac which was the perfect complement to the meal.
The Strand Dining Rooms was just flawless. Everything from the food to the décor to the location is just wow… I must also mention the service at the Strand Dining rooms. Every single waiter and waitress was smiley, friendly, attentive and generally happy. Nothing was too much trouble and that was reflected in the service we could see being received by everyone seated in the restaurant.
The Strand Dining Rooms gets a HUGE thumbs up from me and I shall definitely be visiting again in the near future.
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