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Central & Co, Soho

22 Sep

Tell me your favourite hangover cure. Mine? A good quality, well cooked piece of meat, plus everything else my friend and I tucked into yesterday at Central & Co, a new all-day Brasserie and Bar in the heart of the West End.

After cycling into Soho from Hackney Wick, we parked up the bikes and headed for our table, which looked straight out onto one of the world’s most famous shopping streets, Carnaby Street.

We ordered some olives and a bread board to start, along with an Aperol Spritz to quench our thirst and perused the menu, which was separated into ‘Brunch’, ‘Small Plates’, ‘Large Plates’ and ‘Sides’. We opted for the Flank Steak main with chips, watercress and roasted tomato but decided to share a Duck Egg Scotch Egg, Slaw and Seasonal Greens as well.

After munching on a load of delicious bread, the food arrived at the same time and filled our table. Lucy winced as she saw how much there was in front of us but then quickly followed with a smile. She tucked into the duck egg scotch egg and the words ‘oh my god, that’s amazing’ proceeded to leave her mouth. I sliced off a morsel from my side and tasted. It really was delicious – gooey egg yolk encased in flavoursome meat with a crispy exterior. The pickled salad on the side was an excellent addition.

I adore flank steak and ours didn’t disappoint. It arrived medium-rare with a dollop of horseradish cream, watercress and half a roasted tomato. My only wish was that there was more tomato on the plate as there wasn’t enough to compliment the amount of meat on the plate.

Despite the huge amount on the table in front of us, we managed to eat almost all of it. We complained that our stomachs were so full they were hurting but as soon as the dessert menu was placed in front of us, we found a second wind and ordered Beetroot Brownie with Chocolate Mousse and Vanilla Ice Cream and Apple, Pear and Almond Crumble with Honeycomb Ice Cream.

Beetroot and chocolate is an excellent combination and the beetroot ensures that the brownie has a delightfully gooey centre. We shared both desserts and couldn’t choose which one we preferred at first but after a while I decided that the warming crumble was for me. Tender fruit with a crispy topping. Delicious.

Lucy also ordered a dessert cockatil, Creme Brulee Martini, which consisted of citrus vodka, lemon curd, vanilla syrup and double cream. Now, I’m not usually a fan of cream in cocktails and it took a while for Lucy to persuade me to have a sip but I totally fell in love when I did. I want to know how to make this at home. It really was like pudding in a glass.

The service at Central & Co was fantastic. Throughout our meal we were served by three lovely waitresses who smiled throughout and provided great recommendations when asked. The setting is relaxing, luxurious and well designed. I loved it and I would thoroughly recommend heading down, if only for a small plate and a glass of wine, next time you are in that part of town.

Food for Think was a guest at Central & Co

 

 

Coach and Horses, Farringdon

13 Nov

A friend of mine was recently pronounced head chef of The Coach and Horses. Having never tasted his food before as he used to work outside of London, a big group of us decided to go down one Thursday evening and try it out. His name? Harry McKenzie. Remember that one.

I have read some great reviews and fellow blogger Neil Davey (The Lambshank Redemption) hails it as his favourite pub in London. I can see why.

The menu is not for the faint hearted (or the veggie). However, knowing that 2 of our group are vegan, Harry concocted an extra special 3 course meal consisting of Wild Herbs and Sea Vegetable Tempura to start, Celeriac, Candied Beetroot and Squash Lasagne with foraged Mushroom Risotto, Wild Chervil and Cobnuts for main and Chocolate Mousse, Apple Sorbet and Herb Crisps for pudding!

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The Coach and Horses homemade Scotch Egg has been the talk of the town for a while so I decided to order it as my starter. It is on the bar menu but I was allowed to substitute this. My boyfriend and I generally share everything we get so he got the Potted Cornish Mackerel with Toast and we swapped plates half way through.

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The Scotch Egg came and it was huge. Inside was a Duck Egg with a runny and rich yolk. You may have read my post recently after I had baked a cake with Duck Eggs. I’m becoming quite a fan! The Sausage meat was fatty and hearty, JUST what you want from a Scotch Egg.

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The Markerel was rich and creamy with a delightful fatty layer on the top. It was presented very nicely on a wooden board.

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For main I ordered Pork Belly with Mash, Roast Beetroot, Spinach and Ceps and Jack had Cornish Brill with Clams, Sea Vegetables, Baby New Potatoes and Bisque. I told him that the meat options would be better because the menu is mostly predominantly meat plus Harry is a meat fanatic (or at least that’s what I gather from my conversations with him). My pork was definitely the best option but maybe i’m biased because I Pork Belly is always one of my favourite dishes. I don’t think I’ve ever had Roasted Beets before but they were absolutely delicious with a hint of sweetness.

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For pudding, I couldn’t resist trying the Popcorn Panna Cotta with Cinnamon Doughnuts, Toffee Popcorn and Apple Sorbet. One word – yum! The apple sorbet is one of the best I have ever tasted. It was bright green, which made it look super fresh and was tangy and sweet at the same time. Harry shared the recipe with me after our meal and I’ll no doubt be making it soon. Watch this space.

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Popcorn is popping (excuse the pun) up everywhere at the moment. There’s something comforting about it – probably because it reminds me of when I was a little girl being treated by my parents at the cinema. That was (and probably still is) one of the best parts of a cinema trip wasn’t it?!

The pub wasn’t all that busy on a Thursday evening. There aren’t a large number of tables but we took up most of the dining space! I heard that there is a room off the back with a terrace but I assume that is only used in the summer.

I clocked that they do Sunday roasts just before I left and have already penciled a date in the diary to return!

Coach and Horses
26-28 Ray St
City of London
EC1R 3DJ
020 7278 8990

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