Thursday, 7 February 2013

The 2-Meat Main: A Valentine’s Day Dinner For The Indecisive Carnivore

Why settle for chicken OR beef this Valentine’s Day when you can have both at once? By Christian Rose-Day.

Last night I joined a legion of London food and restaurant bloggers at an outreach event at The Cumberland Hotel in Marylebone. We were all there to sample the menu at The Brasserie, which, if you’ve never been, is a satisfying cross between an airport lounge and the Hayward Gallery, such is its quirky use of light, concrete, space and acoustics.

The menu for the evening ran a little something like this:

Pear, Roquefort and chicory salad with candied walnuts, port and walnut dressing - medium OK, average start.

Then, Jerusalem artichoke, caramelised shallot and parsley risotto with seared scallops, orange and red wine fish jus - rich and gloopy, just how I like it. Getting better.

Roast fillet of beef, chicken & truffle mousse, confit potato, wild mushroom and purple sprouting broccoli fricassee and a bitter sweet port wine jus - although it looked like a brain, it tasted superb. The 2-meat main worked really well. A sizeable appetite was needed to tackle this beast. Top notch.

Bramble plate of blackcurrant bavarois with blackcurrant jelly, blackberry sorbet, sugared pistachio nut and berry fool - a beautifully balanced dessert containing various flavours and textures. Ideal ending.
Overall, I was quite surprised by the quality of the food on offer.

What I also found surprising was the Valentine’s Day dinner deal that The Brasserie is currently promoting. Whilst I was washing my hands in the facilities I noticed a copy of the Valentine’s Day menu on the wall which included the huge, 2-meat main as an option as well as a glass of Champagne cocktail on arrival. This 4-course Valentine’s Day offer was only £39 per person. Shocking!

Having sampled the 2-meat main myself, I can safely say that THAT is an offer you don’t want to miss.

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