One of the cardinal sins of any restaurant has got to be adopting any kind of ‘table turning’ policy. With the UK consumer increasingly opting to eat-in, it’s more important than ever for a restaurant to look after any customer that privileges them with their presence. Fortunately there are no such policies at the effortlessly cool 1901, a great restaurant where customers can leave their watches at home and just relax.
Housed in the Andaz Hotel, 1901 is all about casual luxury and innovative design as opposed to old-school stuffiness of London’s traditional top hotels. The venue features a ‘floating’ wine and champagne bar at the entrance, whilst the magnificent grade II listed dining room is ideal for a few excellent cocktails with friends or a top class meal. Guests are also treated to one of the coolest music set-ups I’ve come across – an unassuming DJ with an iPod, wirelessly hooked up to the sound system and an accompanying electric violin player.
The seasonal British menu is simple yet interesting, whilst those after something lighter can also choose from a bar menu. Our delicious starters included Smoked duck breast, parfait of livers with brioche and Smoked quail, hazelnut praline with apple salad. For mains, the perfectly Pan-fried canon of lamb was accompanied by a hearty shepherds pie type thing whilst Kung Fu Jew’s Roast loin of venison with macaroni of braised neck venison was gamey, yet not too rich and caused some serious food envy! Desserts included a Valrhona chocolate mousse and intriguing, yet moorish Baked Beenleigh blue cheesecake – a perfect compromise for those who can’t decide between cheese and dessert at the end of their meal. The dining room also has a dedicated area where cheese lovers are able to select their preferred cheeses and accompanying wines. Our meal was also accompanied by some stunning wines, chosen by Joris Beijn, 1901’s bold and immensely knowledgeable sommelier.
As far as overall dining experiences go, 1901 delivered on all accounts; service was friendly, the stunning venue was relaxed and the meal hit the spot. Definitely one for the list.
Food – 4/5
Venue – 5/5
Value – 3.5/5
Cuisine type – Modern British
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £70
Wine – £6
Cocktails – £9
1901 @ Andaz
40 Liverpool Street
London, EC2M 7QN
Tel: 020 7618 7000