I have been searching for a place to brunch in London in vain- Margaux, Berner’s, 100 Hoxton…- I’ve tried a number of places but never been tempted to return. However, I think my luck has finally changed. I was invited by JPR Media to try the new menu by newly appointed head Chef Douglas Santi (photographed below) at 35 New CavendishΒ (yes, that’s a lot of news in 1 sentence)- and I LOVED it. The food was excellent, portions were generous, the ambience good and the price very reasonable- everything is Β£20! So there is no excuse not to go!

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Photo provided by 35 New Cavendish- Chef Douglas kindly came to speak to us, but by that time, the sun had gone down and my photos didn’t do him justice πŸ™‚

We started the evening with not one, but at least 4 starters. Yum yum. In no particular order:IMG_4988 IMG_5001
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My personal fave- hence the close-up πŸ˜›

And then the fun really started πŸ™‚

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As you may or may not be able to see from the menu, that was only the tip of the iceberg!

 

I’m hard pressed to decide which of the following 3 dishes is my favourite!

  • The grilled cheese sounds unexciting but it was the perfect bland of savoury and salty.
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  • Very very fresh, tangy, refreshing and overall yummy!
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  • Prawns and quinoa: not only healthy and delicious, but they thoughtfully peeled the prawns too. I HATE having to peel my own!!!
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The beef tartare. I’m a bit ashamed to say I gave it a miss as I’ve been thinking about becoming semi-vegetarian (by semi I mean only abstaining from beef)… but later I ate the steak. Oh well… at least I tried!

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35 New Cavendish’s take on the classic fish and chips. I ate a lot of fish and chips as a child and so it’s not my favourite dish now, but I must say the batter was really crisp! πŸ™‚ The fish was salted/ smoked so much tastier than the traditional version!

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I normally am not a fan of artichokes, but they were surprisingly good in this dish!

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Japanese beef has left me spoilt and I typically find Western steak tough and bland (Oh dear, there seems to be a lot of food I don’t eat!) – but not so with the steak at 35 New Cavendish- perhaps to be expected as they use the same butcher as the Queen. What better way to celebrate her 90th birthday by heading down to 35 New Cavendish to have a taste πŸ™‚

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The highlight of the evening was, of course, his special 100 layer, mega yummy lasagne, born out of his grandmother’s kitchen. Yep, you read that right- 100 layers!!! We were invited to count them- but we passed πŸ™‚ We were too busy tucking in! It was so good the remainders got doggy bagged πŸ™‚

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And, to round up the evening, cheese and desserts!

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And to end a great night, we even got to tour the kitchen!

 

Don’t forget to stop by 35 New Cavendish. (Closest tube: Bakers St or Bond St.) Might even run into you there! πŸ™‚

 

Why 35 New CavendishΒ is a must for craftaholics?Β 

Not only is the food great, it’s round the corner from V V Rouleaux which I believe has the most extensive collection of trimmings in London! (I’m not really sure if it’s true but it certainly appears that way to me- check it out yourself and you’ll see what i mean!) It’s not the cheapest but I visit it to get inspiration- you know when you have no idea in mind till you see the materials? Or when I desperately need something for a project and can’t find it somewhere else! πŸ™‚
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Look at how beautiful the shop looks in its Christmas getup!

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