What a great name for a restaurant and makes sense as this one is the sister restaurant to Naughty Piglets in Brixton. This newer opening can be found in Victoria at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre The Other Palace in Victoria, which is clearly the place for new restaurant openings these days. Andrew Lloyd Webber had enjoyed his meal so much in Brixton he invited them to take over at his place.
The decor is lovely and classy, leather booths all hidden away upstairs. Not only is the wine list a delight (many of the options coming by the glass from the huge magnum bottles) but you can be sure the food is going to be great as it’s ex The Clove Club chef Joe Knowlden heading the place up.
What was meant to be a larger group with ex-work colleagues turned into a few folks bailing so was just Phil & I enjoying the tantalising menu that was up for grabs. The menu is very reasonably priced and you can have as little or as much as you like. Of course we went for the larger number of dishes and let me talk you through.
First up ham croquettes, as expected incredibly moorish. Then a real highlight for me wherever I go Burrata with escalivada (spanish roasted vegetables) and dukkah (Egyptian herb, nuts and spice mix). Was a lovely combination with the soft creamy cheese.
One of my favourites, although really hard to pick one, was the devon crab with white cabbage and peanut. So light but with the meaty crab flavours coming through. An unusual dish was the grilled pear, jerusalem artichoke, hazelnuts and blue cheese. Not one I’d normally pick but the waitress persuaded us and so glad she did.
Onto the meatier affairs, with my least favourite black pudding, cuttlefish and capers. Far too much black pudding which meant it was too rich and heavy against the cuttlefish.
The final two mains were a real highlight though, raw beef fillet with tarragon and spring greens. Heavenly and surprisingly not too heavy. Then onto another winner from the evening BBQ pork belly with sesame and korean spices, take me back there for that one.
Just about fit to burst but how could we say no to pudding, going for honeycomb, chocolate and brown butter crumble. Rich but addictive, would have this by the bucket load.
All in all, it was a very successful meal and I shall be recommending to anyone in the Victoria area, although with the Nova development continuing to grow it’s hard to pick a favourite!