Restaurant Of The Week: The Strand Dining Rooms

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The Strand Dining Rooms – aka the newest addition to London’s dining scene – has many points in its favour: a central London location (the Rat Pack worthy restaurant is situated just off Trafalgar Square in the grandiose Grand Buildings), a majestic setting (all high ceilings and warm woods reminiscent of the interior of a traditional Pullman Coach), terrific service (think warm and efficient in equal measure) and first class food and drink.

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For what the kitchen is plating up is as sophisticated as any Soho hotspot… The menu – created by head chef Michael Beugnet (previously at Wotton House Hotel in Surrey and Green’s in St James) is resolutely British – and it’s brilliant. Every dish Haute Time tried was an exercise in perfection and artfully presented.

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Highlights include the Heritage beetroot salad with Fletcher’s Berkswell and the Goats cheese croquette with Summer greens salad and raspberry vinaigrette – two delicate starters perfect for the summer season.

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Faultless main courses followed: we loved the ‘Saturday special’  – a juicy burger with triple cooked chips –  and the Line caught cod with chive mash, poached eggs and ‘Innis & Gunn’ ale sauce. But don’t leave without ordering the Rhubarb egg custard with shortbread. We’re still raving about it a week on.

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The wine list is similarly indulgent – expect an extensive menu conceived by Mark Harris (The Strand Dining Room’s founder who has previously held positions at renowned restaurants, including The Capital Hotel, Simon Parker Bowles’ Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, and Searcy’s at The Gherkin) and specialist wine suppliers, Bibendum Wines, Corney & Barrow, Flint Wines and Decorum Vintners aka The Strand Dining Rooms’ wine team.

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Trafalgar Square has always been on the tourist map. Now thanks to this newcomer, it’s on the culinary map too.

 

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