It is a lovely new addition to the already buzzing neighbourhood – which lately seems to add new good restaurants every week. This one features modern British cooking with the new concept of ‘sharing plates’, (which really isn’t new for foodies who have been sharing their plates for years).
I was with my brother Michael, my son Lloyd, and his lovely wife Margaret, and, as we were all hungry, we ordered much too much.
We started with ham croquettes, Devon crab (with peanut, pickled cabbage and yuzu), and then on to Cornish mackerel with gooseberries.
Of these three, the clear winner was the mackerel, which was spiced with English mustard which gave it a pleasant kick. The others were delicious as well, but a bit less memorable.
We then chose Orkney scallops with blackberries, and cod with smoked butter sauce, girolles and courgettes. The two seafood dishes were lovely, not too filling, but clearly interesting preparations of familiar fish. We also liked the salmon with horseradish and pickled cucumbers and dill.
Best of all, we agreed, were the meat dishes, which is unusual for me as I am always chasing after the next unusual preparation or presentation, and meat is usually not in that category.
We indulged in barbecued pork belly with sesame and Korean spices, and Challans duck, hispi cabbage, cherries and pistachio.
Just the description on the menu makes you feel you need to try these two dishes and – actually you did – as at least we did – and really enjoyed them both.
The desserts, however, were still to come, and from my point of view this is a course that should not be missed – no matter how full you are.
So, honeycomb, chocolate mousse and salted caramel was our choice. Although we had hardly enough room even for that, it was a good thing we let ourselves indulge because, after eating that lovely combination, heaven didn’t seem far away.
The Other Naughty Piglet, 12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA
020 7592 0322
Lady Judge pays her own expenses
Source : EXPRESS