I’ve no doubt already mentioned this but Lawrence recently passed a very important career exam so it was time to celebrate with the family. We were booked in for Massimo at The Corinthia Hotel. The Hotel itself is beautiful situated right on the Thames at Embankment. Lawrence’s parents have previously spent New Years Eve here and said it had spectacular views, especially as the road was closed for guests only, sounds splendid!

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

This time however we were going for a spot of Italian in the impressive Art deco style restaurant.

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

It’s been open a few years but we happened to be visiting when they had just launched a new menu so were very interested to get our thoughts on the food.

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

First up was a beautiful lobster, pear, potatoes and nuts salad. Was lovely and light with just the right flavours coming through.

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

As always Lawrence and I went halves with the second starter pappardelle pasta with duck ragu, broccoli and goats cheese. This was good although perhaps a little bland with regards to the rich meat taste coming through, but perfectly cooked homemade pasta however.

Now for mains we didn’t share and I had the pan-roasted monkfish with walnuts sauce and rocket which was delicious and a much lighter course than I normally choose which makes a change!

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

Lawrence’s however was very rich indeed, guinea fowl with potatoes and truffle. Well cooked but a little too overpowering in terms of truffle but then that’s my own taste.

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

We just about found room for dessert and these were rather impressive in their presentation. Steph and Tom shared the Amalfi lemon eton mess, it came in a sphere which needed cracking to get to the mess. Very theatrical but shell was a little large compared to the size of the dessert in the middle.

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

Mike’s was very pretty, a chocolate sphere with warm cream which when poured over melted the edges bringing it all in on itself.

Massimo, Corinthia Hotel

It was as always with The Archers a lovely meal and congratulations again Lawrence!!

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