If you need to find me on an average Friday night, look no further than the under-rated haven of food and drink that is Heddon Street. From fine North African cuisine and great cocktails, to a strange vegetarian restaurant and a cheesy nightclub, it’s only about 20 yards long but Heddon Street has got something for everyone. The venue this particular Friday was Below Zero – the restaurant and bar that is more famous for housing the Absolute Ice Bar than its food offering.
Below Zero is split into a number of areas, with bars upstairs and downstairs, a restaurant and an outdoor area on the closed-off street. The upstairs bar was buzzing with a fun vibe and we started off with a couple of great cocktails. In particular, I must highlight the Crumble which is surely one of London’s finest cocktails; the refreshing blend of blackberries, cinnamon, apple juice, vodka and a peculiar ‘crumble’ topping actually tastes like you are eating an apple crumble!
The main restaurant provides a contemporary yet warming mixture of red leather and beech wood furniture and features plenty of cosy corners and large booths making it equally suitable for intimate dinners and larger celebrations. The seasonal modern European menu features plenty of light dishes to facilitate a good drinking session afterwards as well as heartier dishes! I started with a light and tasty Breast of quail with quails eggs & crispy bacon, whilst Miss Pancake equally enjoyed her massive chunk of Duck liver parfait. For mains, my perfectly cooked Roasted venison was accompanied by a delicious venison haunch pie & beetroot puree; a perfect seasonal dish featuring light and rich flavours. The Tahini spiced salmon fillet was also a quality dish all round. For dessert, I had to try the Cannoli, having recently eaten about a hundred of them during a visit to Sicily. This particular version was intriguingly filled with a light lychee curd with one end dipped in chocolate and it worked to stunning effect.
We finished off with an immensely sobering experience in the Absolute Ice Bar – London’s only ice bar. A nice idea and impressively executed, with some great cocktails, but to be honest the streets of London are perfectly cold enough!
Cuisine type: Modern European
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £60
31-33 Heddon Street
London W1B 4BN