One of my favourite areas, Fitzrovia, has a new addition to its extensive list of restaurants. The newest member is called Foley’s and the kitchen is headed up by Mitz Vora who is an ex-chef of Palomar. Similar to The Palomar the restaurant has about 70 covers with an impressive open kitchen downstairs where guests can have the privilege of sitting admiring the chefs at work.
Mitz has had a very well travelled background originating in Mumbai then moving to Panama, Canada and experiencing many other cultures along the way. His travels put him in an excellent position to have produced a menu which claims to ‘follow the spice trail’ and that it definitely does.
The menu is small and perfectly formed, all designed to be shared among your guests allowing you to try a variety of flavours. Aim to have about three dishes each starting with picking some from the ‘Bits & Bobs’ selection. Let’s dig in shall we with the beautiful ceviche endive tacos which were fresh and full of flavour.
Alongside these we had the charcoal grilled chicken thighs which were rather tasty little morsels of perfectly cooked chicken. Perhaps the least adventurous of our evening but still rather moorish.
Now onto our meat options, cornflake crusted popcorn chicken which again was delicious but perhaps not the stand out dish of the evening. Instead that award goes to the sticky beef, which I reckon Lawrence is still daydreaming about. No words can describe how good this was but I would recommend everyone of you go down and give it a try, phwoah.
Wanting a little bit of veg to accompany our dishes we had the cauliflower which was a lovely mix of sauces and a subtle crunch from the smoked peanuts. We managed to squeeze in two fish courses starting with a grilled octopus complete with spicy pork mince, a beautiful combination with just enough kick. Our second favourite plate of the evening was the hake, flakey flavoursome fish which wasn’t lost among the many additional flavours from the tamarind, fennel and coconut to name just a few.
Feeling ever so satisfied by this point we just wanted to finish the meal off with something sweet, especially after seeing the dessert menu. Lychee panna cotta, one of my favourite fruits and a rare treat, this divided Lawrence and I, I rather enjoyed it and ended up finishing the majority of it, whoops. Finally we tucked into the Baklava cheesecake, one that I think my Mum would love, surprisingly light for something with a name like that.
At this point we were just in heaven from all the good food and atmosphere of the place, I would really recommend to those in the Fitzrovia area and worth a visit for those who aren’t. Enjoy.