Quaglino’s is a pretty restaurant located in Mayfair, London. We were invited along to try some food and a few cocktails. It was an amazing experience and I will definitely be going back.
Everything began with Jonathan who came over and said he would be in charge of the wine for the evening, and therefore our best friend. Wow, he was right. He brought over some champagne while we perused the menu. He informed us that we could choose food and he would bring a glass of wine to match each course.
The choice was so vast that it was difficult to choose. We didn’t feel hassled or rushed while we sipped bubbly and changed our minds five times over as to what we were going to order. Eventually I went with the smoked haddock to start while Claire (a writer friend/colleague from the States) went for the scallops.
Now, I’m not usually one for smoked fish but I wanted to go for something I wouldn’t normally order. Considering Quaglino’s is known for its fish, I thought the haddock would be a good gamble. The flaky, smokey haddock was served in a pot with potatoes. On the side were croutons and a gorgeous hollandaise sauce.
For my main course I went with the veal. It came with pomme puree and garlic butter. I was told it was served pink which was perfect for me. It was tender, melt-in-the-mouth goodness. The saltiness of the butter went great with the meat and soft potato too. It was a joy to eat.
Claire’s cod was perfectly cooked although she wasn’t too keen on the sauce it came with.
I was quite full at this point but didn’t pass up on dessert. I went for the lemon tart which came with a beautiful sweet dessert wine. Claire went for a crème brulee and a cappuccino which she assured me were both wonderful.
From here we headed up to the bar to sample some cocktails and look at some of the amazing BAFTA photography. I am quite partial to a cocktail or two so this was a fantastic experience. The bar tender was knowledgeable, charming and did everything in his power to ensure we got the perfect drinks.
I started with a nice sour cocktail which I then followed with an Old Fashioned after declaring my love for whiskey. We also had porn star shots and limoncello. Along with all this we also sampled some sweet and savoury popcorns.
The bar and restaurant themselves are beautiful but you’ll have to forgive the lack of people in these following photos. Claire and I got so carried away with beautiful food and drink that we were some of the last people in there. The atmosphere was amazing so don’t let these pictures fool you.
16 Bury Street St James’s
London SW1Y 6AJ
Tel: 020 7930 6767