Wednesday – Seven Dials

The boy’s birthday so out for dinner. Seven Dials is our neighbourhood fine dining hang out, just a short stagger from home and we’ve always enjoyed meals there, including an afternoon treat one time of rabbit stew whilst perched on a stool in the kitchen talking about Russian beer with chef/proprietor Sam Metcalf,  so it was a safe bet for a quiet birthday dinner a deux. It wasn’t exactly busy but Wednesday night mid credit crunch & that’s not really a surprise & certainly no reflection on the restaurant.

An amuse bouche of white onion soup with truffle oil was delicious and some fine crusty bread & salty butter took the edge off while we tucked into a bottle of well priced Viognier. First courses were smoked pork rillettes with gooseberry compote for the boy and chicken liver parfait & brioche for me. Both were excellent but if I was going to be at all picky then I’d mention that I thought the parfait was a little heavy on the pork liver but that’s just me being difficult!

An intercourse palate cleanser of sorbet & champagne was fabulous, though I probably ruined the effect by going outside for a cigarette.  Main courses were duck & lamb, both cooked perfectly and with plenty of veg.

No room for pudding though the Valhrona chocolate option looked tempting. Just a coffee for me and home for a very reasonable £70 for some really excellent cooking. Can’t recommend the place enough.


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