Received the email from Heddon Street Kitchen that they were doing 50% off for their soft launch before it officially opened on Saturday 8th December. This is yet another one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants and is inspired by Bread Street Kitchen in the city.
It’s a large restaurant over two floors just next door to the Ice bar and will be a popular spot for shoppers who have spent the day pacing up and down Oxford Street.
The menu is large, perhaps a little too large and it seems confused on what it’s offering is with sushi, rigatoni pasta and cured meats to name just a few from the starter list.
My lovely guest for todays meal was my dear mother who met me for lunch and we shared each course (can see where Lawrence and I get it from). I started with the kale, red cabbage, fennel, pumpkin and sunflower seeds salad with a white balsamic dressing. This was a lovely light, refreshing dish and the citrus in the dressing mixed wonderfully with the vegetables.
The other half was rigatoni, tomatoes, aubergines, smoked provolone and pecorino romano. This was a homely dish, one that you probably could make at home so didn’t jump out as anything special.
The mains were the real standouts, first up a lovely Sea bass with smoked aubergine, savoy cabbage, castelluccio lentils and roasted pumpkin. The fish was perfectly cooked and seasoned and went really well with the lentils. I was a great fan of the pumpkin puree but mum thought it was a little overpowering.
Roasted wild duck, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, chestnuts and mulled berry sauce was a winner. As you can see the ingredients really shout out autumn and christmas is coming. We ordered a side of the chips which is a must, triple cooked, crunchy on the outside but soft and fluffy in the middle.
Seeing as it was lunchtime we just about managed to share a pudding and went for the pineapple carpaccio, passionfruit and sorbet. This was a light dish and the pineapple was wafer thin, a new way for me of eating pineapple.
Overall the restaurant has a lovely open and modern feel. The food was great and the staff were attentive without being too much. Our main criticism was the temperature was a little too warm but if that’s the only thing then they’ve hopefully got a successful run ahead of them. Good luck and hopefully be down again soon.