A spot of lunch at Gail's Kitchen
I don't do many reviews on this blog, usually because I go to the same places and have the same things. But once in a while, a place really does capture my imagination! Today I went to Gail's Kitchen, the first restaurant by the Gail's Bakery team, (of which I am a massive fan) situated just off Tottenham Court Road. The menu promised delicious small sharing plates, tapas style and changed daily. It is based in a lovely little boutique hotel, and from the moment you enter you get a calm feeling, away from the hustle and bustle of London.
We sat down to order, which took ages as none of us could decide what to have! It is lovely when you don't eat meat or shellfish to have such a choice, and I really was spoilt.
I started off with the Mackerel Rillette, served with gorgeously nutty rye crackers and watercress.
The rillette was deliciously chunky and totally fresh, and was the watercress which complimented the sharp mackerel perfectly, and the rye crackers had a lovely nutty crunch. The presentation was just too cute!
Next up was the fennel, rocket, mint, parmesan and pomegranate salad sounded delicious and didn't disappoint!
I have to say, I don't usually order salad as I feel I can get it at home, but this dish sounded so inviting so I couldn't refuse, and shared it with my colleague. I'm so glad I did as it was an amazing mish-mash of different flavours - sweet, sour, minty and tangy all in one!
My last dish to arrive was the spinach rotolo with ricotta & wild mushrooms, a creamy if slightly over oiled dish of satisfying pasta.
I didn't think this would fill me up but it did, it was quite creamy and rich but I enjoyed it. I have to say that weirdly the salad was my favourite, the combination of flavours was just gorgeous!
Overall I really enjoyed my visit here, at £22 a head for lunch without drinks it wasn't cheap btu well worth it for the quality of food! My friends had dished that they also enjoyed, such as the smoked prawns, the mini pizza and the raclette which all looked amazing, and I was assured tasted so too.
Unfortunately I didn't have time for my favourite course, dessert, but I will definitely be returning to try that course as I really enjoyed my meal here. I look forward to returning, this is definitely a great spot for a girls lunch!