"Indulge in British food"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
The Adam and Eve is unusually large in size considering its location. Situated just off Oxford Street, it has an ample dining area and a rather romantic-looking outdoor seating space in the alleyway that runs behind it, after which the pub is named. It makes a difference to the many overly cosy drinking holes that fight for space in central London.
The menu is British and wholesome, yet with modern flourishes. One of our starters is crispy battered whitebait with Bloody Mary sauce, a little like ketchup but with a hint of spice, and the just perceptible tanginess of Worcester sauce.
There are also old favourites to choose from such as Welsh rarebit, goat’s cheese tart, and steak and kidney pudding. The potted chicken liver pate is lovely. Rich, served with toast, and a homemade chutney that is more savoury than sweet containing large chunks of tomato, it’s a wholly appetizing starter.
For the mains we choose from the specials board, which I am told changes daily. The cod and salmon fishcake is good, with large chunks of salmon that overpower the cod somewhat. It’s the perfect size, and comes with a side salad. The chicken breast is tender and flavoursome, with crispy skin. It is served atop a creamy potato cake which has bits of bacon. Despite each of these flavours being rich in their own right, they complement each other well.
We drank a recommended Finca La Colonia Malbec from 2009, a smooth wine but with enough flavour to round off the meaty courses nicely. For dessert we chose some typically hearty puds: the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and the treacle sponge with custard.
The Adam and Eve is ideal for indulging in typically British food. A three course meal for two with wine is roughly £60.
Leila reviewed The Adam And Eve on Wed 16 Jun 2010