"You’d be a fool to miss it..."Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
London al fresco dining undoubtedly comes into its own in the summer, but as the seasons change and the evenings become chilly once more that doesn’t mean we have to head inside completely, especially when the likes of Dalloway Terrace are available. Situated at The Bloomsbury hotel near Tottenham Court Road, the restaurant will be launching its festive new look on 8th November, when it will be transformed into a enchanted winter wonderland by master florists Wild at Heart by Nikki Tibbles.
The heated and covered terrace, complete with sheepskin rugs, hot water bottles and complimentary shots of Génépi liqueur. How could anyone resist? I paid a visit just as summer was drawing to a close and caught one of the last warm evenings before September’s heatwave disappeared again. Surrounded by foliage, it almost has the feeling of being a secret little hidden courtyard, one of those places you don’t really want to tell everyone about lest it get too busy, but then on the same hand it’s too good not to share… The downstairs cellar-type space, awash with fairy lights, is a cosy alternative to the main terrace and a great date spot.
As I visited just in time for the end of the summer menu, our meal involved some wonderfully fresh flavours and light bites. We started with perfectly seared, melt in the mouth tuna, with soy & ginger dressing and pickled radish. The lobster and mango salad, finished with a tangy yuzu dressing, was an absolute treat to the tastebuds. My guest plumped for the absolutely succulent lamb cutlets, with broccoli champ, mint béarnaise and a hefty side dish of ridiculously good mash - proper comfort food. Obviously we couldn’t leave without pudding, this time a Valrhona & pecan slice with salted caramel ice cream. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Now the new winter menu is on the way I’m definitely going to be making a return visit. With dishes including fondue (both sweet and savoury…) Jerusalem artichoke soup with girolles and black truffle, East Sussex game pie, Balmoral estate venison loin and apple crumble with sloe gin and custard, as well as an exclusive afternoon tea and hot chocolate cocktail menu designed by master chocolatier Maison Pierre Marcolini, you’d be a fool to miss it.
Laurel reviewed Dalloway Terrace on Thu 17 Nov 2016