Hereford Road

The sun seems to be shining today.

I for one need it.  I need to put dark thoughts behind me.   A light, airy and dramatic dining room was the order of the day.  With high ceilings and a massive round sky light in the roof, I think I almost got a bit sunburnt.  Quite a feat in typically sunless Britain.  Must be the magnifying efforts of the glass.  Helps you make out the detail in things, like how good the food is.

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Crusty bread.  Delightfully crusty, warm, soft and light all rolled into one.  Definitely a bread which sits towards the top of those I have tried.  It was so good that I stuffed my face with it which led to thoroughly foreseeable problems.  Bloating.  But enough of the consequences of greed.

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Smoked cod’s roe, little gem and toasted crumbs.  I usually don’t like things with so much greens but I will make an exception here.  The crisp leaves, crumbs and succulent cod’s roe made a delightful little salad.  Something that even a carnivore like me can appreciate and maybe even like.

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Monkfish liver, pickled gooseberries and fried bread.  My dining companion liked these.  Not so for me as it seemed a bit like eating slightly cooked brains.  With a delicately slimy (my dining companion called these smooth) and fishy offal taste these were a little too bouncy yet paradoxically slick for me.  Although, perhaps it is a good thing we didn’t order the calf’s brain.  I might have lost control in that case.

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Ham hock terrine with pickled cauliflower.  Meaty with sour notes imparted by the cauliflower.  Not bad but nothing like the cod’s roe.

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Poached sea trout, cucumber and samphire.  A tad overcooked but still not bad.  Also as expected, it was a bit difficult to eat as there were bones everywhere.  That’s just the nature of the beast or fish in this case.

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Onglet with chips.  This has to be the singular best onglet I’ve ever had.  The smoky flavour cooked perfectly medium rare, this was a sight to behold and a better one to taste.  The succulent and delectable cow was a marvel.  With lusciously soft and flavourful chips, this was a dish to lose yourself in.

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Spring greens.  Healthy steamed.  Not bad but as we have established, not really for me.

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Gooseberry custard pot.  Delightful with thick creamy custard, crunchy shortbread and tart gooseberries.  The strong sweet custard served to highlight the tanginess of the berries with a little added crunch by way of shortbread.  An excellent dish for a sweet tooth like me.

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Dark cherry sorbet.  I’m not usually one to like sorbets but here, I will make an exception.  With a fruity cherry punch, this sorbet was a refreshing and clean way to end.

With a lovely back dining room and an expansive skylight of bright blue skies, it seemed like the weather was with us.  It was a fitting way to enjoy excellent food.  The sun was shining on us this time with a special halo reserved for the onglet.  Almost as if the cow that had given this up was smiling down from heaven to know that it had been done well by.

 

A quiet eating 8/10.

Lunch (3 courses) was GBP25 excluding drinks and service.

 

Hereford Road

3 Hereford Road
Westbourne Grove
London, W2 4AB
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