The Wallace, W1

the wallace The Wallace, W1As architecturally clever and stunning London is, one would never really think of it as a romantic city.  Yes, there are some great views to be had of the city’s historic skyline, but the second the slightest whiff of luurve hits the air, a sudden downpour will quickly follow.  Any romantic ideas of a picnic in the park or dinner in one of the many riverside restaurants will be washed away, along with your evening.  However, we seem to have stumbled upon one of London’s most beautiful and romantic restaurants in the form of The Wallace.

 

It probably doesn’t help that the restaurant is hidden away within the 200 year old walls of The Wallace Collection – a palatial museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Still, that doesn’t really explain how a restaurant set in a beautiful sculpture garden with a truly impressive glass atrium roof can have such an understated profile, despite being a stone’s throw away from Oxford St. 

 

Diners at the The Wallace have a choice of a classic French all day menu, featuring various shellfish and terrines, or an à la carte menu with seasonal French dishes.  There is also the option of having afternoon tea. 

 

Fortunately, the food is every bit as delicious as is deserving of such an elegant venue.  Our starters include Terrine of foie gras intricately presented with blackberries, apple jelly & pain d’epice; and the most perfectly cooked Calamari with capers, cauliflower, puy lentils & parsley.   Similarly, mains too were outstanding examples of simple flavours cooked to split second perfection and included Lemon sole with girolles & clams and Roast chicken with artichokes, pepper gnocchi & a luxurious black truffle sauce.  Desserts continued to impress, with a rich yet light Tarte tatin and a grown up sundae in the shape of creamy Hazelnut ice cream, espresso, hot chocolate sauce & crème Chantilly. 

 

With starters coming in at around £8 and generous mains for around £18, not only was the meal absolutely delicious, but taking into account the magical surroundings, it was also great value too!

 

Food: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Venue: 5/5

 

Cuisine Type: French

Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £70

Wine: £5.50

 

The Wallace Restaurant

The Wallace Collection

Hertford House

Manchester Square

London W1U 3BN

Tel: 020 7563 9505

www.thewallacerestaurant.co.uk

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