A few weeks ago, Stuart and I had a lovely weekend in London. We went and saw Harrod’s and Borough Market. One evening we were there, we went to the Bloomsbury Street Bar and Restaurant, located in the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel. We arrived at 7.45pm on a busy Saturday evening to be greeted by two members of staff, who told us that they were fully booked, barely looking up from their computer screen as they did so. We informed them that we had a reservation, which they then could not find. Eventually, the manager turned up, found our reservation and we were seated by the restaurant entrance. This was not a good start and it did not really improve greatly from there.
To nibble on, while we looked at the modern European menu, we were brought bread and butter, with some olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar to dip. The bread was fantastic.Very warm and very fresh, however the olive oil was very bland and tasteless. It did nothing for the bread at all. To start, I had Cream of Wild Mushroom and Rosemary Soup and Stuart had Marinated fillet of beef with horseradish rosti, mushroom cream. Stuart loved his starter; the beef was beautiful and complemented well by horseradish rosti. Mine was a bit disappointing as it was under-seasoned and I could not taste any rosemary in it all.
For my main, I had Potato gnocchi with butternut squash and baby spinach and Stuart had Char-grilled rib eye steak from Dillon’s Farm in County Londonderry, pink pepper corn sauce and chips. Stuart’s main was fantastic. The steak was cooked perfectly, the chips were amazing and the peppercorn sauce was lovely. Mine, on the other hand was bland and unseasoned (again!). The sauce was good but it needed more flavour. Something to bring it up a level or two. We shared a green salad as well, which was needed as a contrast to both our mains.
For pudding, I had Crème brûlée with lemon sorbet and Stuart had lemon sorbet on its own as he is not really a dessert person and did not really like anything else on the menu. My crème brûlée was lovely, very creamy and delicious however the sorbet it came with was not lemon. It had a very strange flavour to it and I could not place what it was. (I think Stuart had all the lemon sorbet!) My sorbet was placed in a wafer basket that would not have looked out of place on an ice cream van. It was not what I expected of a 5* star London hotel. We left the by now empty restaurant at 10pm and went to back to our own hotel.
Overall, I think that the Bloomsbury Street Bar and Restaurant provided acceptable food that would be fine if you were staying in the hotel for one or two nights to eat. However, I do not think that the food is worth a special journey for and it is not what I consider to be 5* London restaurant standard.
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Note to readers: Stuart and I dined as guests of the Raddison Edwardian Hotels. We received a free three course meal for two with a bottle of house wine. We stayed at the Raddison Edwardian Grafton for two nights with breakfast at a discounted rate. Many thanks to Jimisha for arranging this for us.
PS: Sorry for the haphazardness of my posts of late. You can find out why I have been a bit irregular posting on Jo’s Nursery, here.