As always there are new restaurants popping up left, right and centre on Charlotte Street near Tottenham Court Road. One of these is The Ninth. This isn’t just any new restaurant but it is the well renowned Jun Tanaka’s first solo venture. He’s best known for Pearl in Holborn and also his Street Kitchen franchise.
The food is Mediterranean / French style and the decor is very classy. It’s a large restaurant spread across two spacious rooms with bronze styling throughout, very nice and taking mental inspiration back home to the new flat.
My two companions for the evening were Davina and Phil who equally like their food which was a great excuse to make the most of the sharing nature. The dishes are small enough to either have a couple to yourself or as recommended go for the ‘sharing is caring’ and try more spread across the table.
We started with some snacks, gorgeous oxtail croquettes and barbajuans (cheese and spinach style fritters).
Next up was the razor clam ceviche and a highlight of ossobucco tortellini with bone marrow.
Our two mains to share was one incredibly tasty lamb en croute with jerusalem artichoke puree, that’s one to try and crack at home. Then a crispy red mullet with perfectly cooked risotto and flaked almonds. Heavenly. We also shared some sides of cavolo nero with hazelnut pesto and a really interesting dish of beetroot tarte tatin, feta and pine nuts.
To finish us off we went for the pain perdu and vanilla ice cream, basically a very good french toast, although that probably doesn’t do it justice.
The food was wonderful and I recently went back with a client and as a table of 14 they really looked after us and the spread of food was amazing, lots of ohhs and ahhs after tasting each dish. Definitely worth a visit to anyone reading this!