It’s a hazy, warm evening and you’re walking through Soho, weaving in and out of the crowds in search of refreshment and possibly dinner.
Head to La Bodega Negra on Moor Street, sit in the window on the right, a small window bar with only two seats – a pleasant distance away from the hub-bub of the main restaurant area and a welcome distance between you and Soho’s bustling side roads.
When I was there I chose the original frozen margarita and the chef’s selection of 6 tacos. It was just the right amount of food for a light dinner.
However if you’re feeling ready to brave the mean streets of theatre go-ers, then you should head over to Gelupo on Archer Street for a delicious scoop of gelato.
Also! If you like tacos then make sure you go to Tortilleria El Pastor @ Stanworth Street, under the railway arches near Bermondsey / Maltby Steet Market. Their tacos are excellent.
There is one starter (lettuce-and-walnut salad), there is one main course (steak-frites), dessert is optional and the house red wine is essential. Welcome to L’Entrecôte, one of my all-time favourite meals.
L’Entrecôte is the collective name of a group of restaurants that were created by the Gineste de Saurs family. There are three groups of restaurants, each with the same concept but their own variation of the unique butter sauce that accompanies the steak.
I’ll refer you to the Wikipedia page for the full history of the L’Entrecôte dynasty and restaurants.
Le Relais de Venise in London
In London there are three branches, and I’d recommend visiting Le Relais de Venise at Throgmorton Street in The City. I’ve also visited those in Marylebone (long queues) and Soho (poor service) and find Throgmorton Street’s branch relatively easy to get a table on short notice and the service is always excellent.
L’Entrecôte in Bordeaux
The restaurant spans 3 floors, each decorated differently but in keeping with their brand. Be sure to have a peek in the the kitchen (visible as you go up to the second floor) and arrive early to avoid the fast moving, if very long queue.
Le Relais de L’Entercôte: to be explored…
Thoughts and images are my own. Quotations are from the respective restaurant websites.✌🏻 KF
Cornerstone @ Hackney Wick, is a restaurant by Chef Tom Brown, previously Head Chef of Michelin starred seafood restaurant Outlaw, at The Capitol Hotel in Knightsbridge.
Grab a beer at Beer Merchants Tap before heading over to the restaurant, it’s a one minute walk away.
You are encouraged to enjoy a few dishes, and a Tasting Menu (all items with an * for £45). We opted for the Tasting Menu, in order to try a few dishes, and added the sourdough – because I love bread, and I especially like sourdough.
The Tasting Menu:
Menu and pricing as of May 2018. Images are my own. ✌ KF