Us uni girls love a good catch up and where better then a set menu with bottomless prosecco for £35 at the lovely Almeida Restaurant in Islington.
Situated opposite the theatre and just off of Upper Street lies the D&D restaurant. As with most of the company’s restaurants the decor is stylish and classy without being pretentious. The staff were great considering they must get some rowdy groups on the bottomless prosecco, we were very well behaved and weren’t ‘that’ group!
Now the food is just 3 courses for £25 and all were beautifully presented, let’s have a look.
First up I had the game consommé with homemade sausage roll. A lovely thin soup with strong meaty flavours and a rather nice touch having a sausage roll on the side.
Charlotte’s baked beetroot salad was very pretty so couldn’t resist taking a picture and I’m told it was very tasty.
Managed to persuade Cat to go halves on the mains and we started with the Sea Bream sitting on creamed potatoes with mussels and samphire. This was beautiful, soft and buttery fish with the smoothest potato and the mussels were a lovely indulgent touch.
The other half was the Ravioli ‘Coq au Vin’ which was one large ravioli filled with beautiful meat and veg covered in a rich red wine sauce. I think of the two the Sea Bream wins as it was a little lighter than the richer ravioli dish.
Now the service throughout was impeccable, without even noticing your glass will have been filled to the top. This did make for a very filling lunch but as always there was room for pudding.
I was undecided but the waitress swayed me towards the Barkham Blue Cheese Bavarois with honey jelly and savoury granola. This is not a light pudding, very rich in that you’re presented with a jar that is in essence just filled with creamy blue cheese topped with the jelly and granola. I rather enjoyed it but Cat was not a fan, but then when haven’t I liked blue cheese.
Stacey’s financiers with apple and blackberries was lovely. Light spongey financiers with the refreshing taste of the blackberry sorbet and accompanying fruit.
Now after all this it felt wrong to just head home, it was only 4.30pm so it was off to make the most of my favourite Islington bar John Salt where they have a daily happy hour on cocktails from 5-7pm.
It was a lovely day with the girls and felt like a wonderful treat, although note to Sunday morning self, maybe don’t mix the drinks too much by getting a little too excited with the 241 offers!