The Strand Dining Rooms opened as part of the redevelopment of 1-3 Grand Buildings on Trafalgar Square; this is an area that is not a natural home for foodies, and arguably a bit of a tourist trap, but The Strand Dining Rooms presents high-end, all-day food in an elegant and un-brashy kind of way. Finally locals and tourists alike have a quality dining venue in London's heart. The 180 cover, all-day dining restaurant serves a blend of traditional and contemporary European food, in very traditionally British surroundings.
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The Strand Dining Rooms is a great addition to Trafalgar Square
The restaurant is open all day, serving a modern British menu. Brawn terrine comes with a croquette made with chunks of meat from the same part of the animal. Given that is the head of a pig it may not be for everyone, but it’s sumptuous and rich, and comes with a small pot of homemade piccalilli. The seafood Scotch egg marries the best of two worlds, soft yolk and crispy breadcrumbs of a conventional egg with seasoned minced seafood and a creamy crab bisque.
The mains are equally polished. There’s a dish of lamb done two ways – a lamb cutlet (billed as rack of lamb) cooked till supremely tender, and a compressed slab of slow cooked shoulder of lamb. Rather than plonk a simple salad or some veg on the side there are roasted cherry vine tomatoes, artichoke hearts and shelled broad beans with mixed leaves. The Strand seafood crumble is a refined fish pie, with large, fleshy prawns and no scrimping on cream.
The dessert menu sticks to British classics like treacle tart and rhubarb and custard, and an Eton mess that replaces strawberries with berries. There’s a very thoughtful wine list with several good wines available by the glass, and they’ve put effort into the cocktail list too: we try the TSDR Perfect Negroni, a sharp aperitif if ever there was one, and their version of a Tom Collins, topped up with Prosecco.
It’s mid-priced – the seafood crumble is £16, lamb is £24, and it’s a great addition to the area, especially now that the Albannach, in a similarly impressive building just over the square, has closed down.
Reviewed by Leila
Published on Aug 14, 2014
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