Some of you Londoners may have walked past the Radisson Blu in Seven Dials, Covent Garden on a regular basis but they’ve just opened up a new restaurant, Monmouth Kitchen, which may give you reason to step inside. The restaurant oozes relaxed luxury, many decor pieces I’d like to take home, loved the marble table tops.
The menu is a little different in that they’ve tried to bring together culinary delights from South America and the Mediterranean. One half is Italian the other Peruvian, strange mix you may think but actually worked rather well. They recommend sharing all your plates to sample all the different flavours, we were a table of 3 which meant some of the dishes are a little harder to split three ways but seeing as we went during the soft launch and it was 50% off we just went for two portions, why not.
Let us get stuck in, starting with the Trio of bruschetta (Parmigiana, cherry tomato, spinach and soft cheese), it was ok but nothing spectacular. The spicy nduja salami pizza with soft cream was a great sharing dish with just the right kick from the spicy sausage.
A real winner among the table was the white ragu and mozzarella arancini, little breaded balls of delight. Alongside these we tried the salmon tacos with jalapeno sauce and tuna with chilli lemon. They were nice little bites but not the best tacos we’ve ever had, both tasted very similar even though positioned as having different flavours. The chicken lollipops with rocoto yoghurt were naughty crispy bits of chicken, went down well as the wine was flowing.
The two most disappointing dishes were the sea bass ceviche with avocado, white corn and red onion, just too much liquid and lost the flavour of the sea bass. The other dish was the robata grilled baby aubergine which we tried to talk Cat out of ordering but she just couldn’t resist.
Let’s move onto the star dishes of the evening though, starting with the seared scallop with rocoto yoghurt, massive scallops perfectly cooked. Another star contender for the best dish was the wild mushroom and ricotta ravioli with sage butter, just can’t go wrong with simple ravioli and they executed it wonderfully.
The award for best dish has to go to the sliced beef tenderloin anticucho, just melt in the mouth. A must for anyone who is heading down. Final selection, as you can tell we made the most of the discount and ordered rather a lot, was the calamari with aji panca mayo, wonderfully crisp with a zingy dip.
Before we knew it our table time was up but they kindly moved us over to the bar area where we continued with desserts and perhaps another carafe of wine, we were one day off from our holidays so definitely in holiday mode. The sweet tasting morsels were Chocolate Caliente, warm peruvian chocolate spring rolls served with fresh passion fruit and coconut sorbet. Then Lawrence and Cat’s favourite the Cafe Almendra, coffee brulee, chocolate cacao, almond ice cream and mascarpone amaretto creme.
Not quite ready to roll home we popped into Le Beaujolais, the oldest French wine bar in London, very quaint complete with quirky ties hanging from the ceiling. Perfect way to finish the night. Monmouth Kitchen will be great for the pre-theatre crowd who just want to pop in for a quick bite, although we did enjoy the more leisurely longer stint we spent there.