Glamorous, yet demure, the all-day brasserie’s surroundings and atmosphere are unpretentious yet you know you’ve arrived. Dark mahogany and red leather clad booths are complemented by the marble floors – a certain French feel throughout but with a clear New York slant. Further down the dining rooms, several Iberico hams hang above a very well stocked bar. Looking for a place to impress or bring family, then this ticks the swanky box in my book.
On the £50 set lunch menu, you can expect three options for starter, main and dessert locally sourced from British producers. A range of fish, meat and vegetarian options available.
I went for; smoked salmon with crab and avocado, a beautifully rare steak that was as large as my dinner plate avec french fries, garlic potatoes and wilted spinach and finished off with a marmalade sponge with exceptionally boozy Grand Marnier creme anglaise.
The food was delicious and was made better by the extensive wine list on offer. We tried a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and matched the puddings with Hungarian Tokaji – a must do as the latter was by far my favourite!
The service (as you would expect from a central London five star hotel) is second to none – it’s been a while since a waiter has read my mind and brought fresh bearnaise sauce with my slab of meat not forgetting the attentiveness as he also whipped out my seat from underneath me as he was passing whilst I got up to powder my nose (what else would you do in an establishment as such as this?)
Of the other dishes on the set menu, it was only the Rhubarb Sorbet that turned my head, however I will certainly be back to order a la carte and also to visit the Sunday British producers market held at in the sophisticated terrace area outside. God knows why anyone would offer two risottos on the same menu – one mushroom and one turbot on a bed of risotto – it still baffles me.
Have you eaten at the Holborn Dining Rooms or anywhere nearby? I’d love to hear your thoughts