recently i went along to enjoy their newly launched autumn menu, which is set out in an on-trend mezze style format in which you mix and match a few plates each.
the next combination was tarragon polenta crisp, pickled wild mushroom, goats’ curd, baby aubergine, tahini and petals, which on this day were marigold. the crunchy polenta and subtle tarragon worked well with the sharp zing of raspberry and aniseed. that said, this was probably my least favourite of the meal.
on the other hand, this one was my favourite by far. with slightly al dente grains, the celeriac had a comforting and familiar taste with the slight bite of kohlrabi. i didn't want to share.
this was the pickled candy beet, spiced honey and smoked yoghurt, salt baked beetroot, rosehip and beet falafel. so quite clearly one for the beetroot lovers. there were all sorts of fantastic textures going on, with creamy yoghurt, wild rocket and a bouquet of spice. if i'm honest, a little spicy for me, but flavoursome rather than being hot without reason.
now, i love my fish and chips. so for those who don't eat seafood, this is pretty damn close to the real thing. and most definitely just as delicious. springy haloumi encased in salty batter and paired with sweet tomato sauce and seashore herbs. with a touch of lemon and mint, even the mushy peas were artistic. i had to take a picture half way through as i loved how much it reminded me of mixed up fish and chip componants.
since i loved the cox apple juice so much, i opted for the russet next. this was sweeter and extremely moreish with my sweet tooth.
speaking of a sweet tooth, next up were desserts. equally as intriguing as the mains, would they be as incredible to look at and taste?
the answer is yes. first was the peanut brittle, slow roast pineapple, hoxton gin snow, white chocolate crème fraiche. sweet but sharp pineapple was met with the crumbly brittle and creamy rich white chocolate. a dreamy combination.
the second was the foraged blackberry and almond sponge, with very cute presentation. i'm not too keen on fruity desserts but the almond instantly drew me in and i thought it would be a frangipane sponge. it was a gorgeously light sponge, but, to my disappointment, it didn't have the recognisable almond taste i craved.
the allotment aero was the star of the show for me. beneath the crumbly dark chocolate topping, i delved into a layer of minty chocolate chunks before reaching a light chocolate mousse. the beautiful and creative composition of the dessert goes without saying.
in all, vegetarian, vegan, carnivore, coeliac or not, you will love this restaurant. be prepared to be inspired.
26 great western arcade,
note: i was invited for a complimentary meal to review the new autumn menu. all opinions are honest and my own.