Friday, August 13, 2010

Crackin' crustaceans!

Last week I went to dinner at Quaglino's with my mum, as we are friends with the chef, and they are also currently running a '2 courses for £10' offer, so we thought we'd check it out.

The restaurant was reinvented by British designer and restaurateur, Terence Conran, in the 1990s, and it's beautiful - big, modern, subtle, blue-ish lighting, a huge bar area upstairs with sofas and a grand piano (there is live musical entertainment for most of the night). There is lots of seating downstairs, so when it's busy, there is a fun, bustling atmosphere.

Well, were we in for a treat! We both selected the calves liver for the main course, and shared an eton mess and creme brûlée for dessert, but before all of that, our chef friend sent us out a seafood platter to start with.

I love seafood and it was a really fresh and delicious selection, with oysters, muscles, clams, langoustines, crab and shrimp. It was a feast for the eyes, as well as the tummy, and I could see that the people at the next table were gazing longingly as I cracked open shells and claws, left right and centre.

Here is the carnage that resulted after we managed to snaffle the lot...

We were pretty full after our seafood starter, but in true foodie fashion, we soldiered on to the next course of calves liver, which was also delicious.

The only disappointment of the whole night was the dessert. Not only was the eton mess too much (very over whipped) cream, and not enough berries, but the creme brûlée was unexceptional, and rather on the flat side, in a shallow dish. I wont dwell on this too much, but it was just surprising to me that in a restaurant such as this, they fail to deliver on the dessert.

All in all a top night, and it has to be said, that there is never a dull moment where my mum is concerned - she is a lot of fun, and the best, most lively company you could hope for on a night out!


  1. I just remember Alice's FANTASTIC meals she would cook me at the drop of a hat. Are they as good as that? jeff x

  2. This meal was delicious....but can't compete with mum's cooking! :) I can smell lasagne cooking as I type, and I can't wait to eat it!! x