British Cuisine at its Best at The Montagu Kitchen
October 19, 2018
A truly British restaurant using the best ingredients that the UK has to offer, The Montagu Kitchen in the heart of Marylebone is part of the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill.
The two AA Rosette awarded Montagu Kitchen takes inspiration from Winston Churchill’s former residence, The National Trust’s Chartwell House and the Garden in Kent while the menu reflects the changing seasons using the best of British produce, including herbs taken from their very own rooftop herb garden.
I was absolutely blown away with the incredible new menu alongside the welcoming, friendly members of staff who looked after us – especially José and Gergana in the restaurant. Their extensive knowledge about the menu and the history behind it really made the experience alongside the tasty food!
The interior was impressive, clean and luxurious and we were greeted as soon as we walked in and seated immediately. With such an impressive menu, I found it hard to choose between all the different options as they all looked lovely! Dishes marked with ‘M’s next to them are The Montagu Kitchen’s most loved dishes and no doubt you will love them too!
To start, we ordered two drinks from the signature cocktails menu – The ‘Lavender Sour Field’ with Chase Gin, Lavender Syrup, Lemon Juice and Egg white; and the ‘Roses and Apples’ – a carefully prepared concoction of Hendricks Gin, Lemon Juice, Elderflower Cordial, Rose Water and Chartwell Garden Apple Juice. Both were tasty and refreshing.
We were then brought an amuse bouche of edible soil (!), celeriac and tomato with shoots from the rooftop garden. This was absolutely bursting with fresh flavour, leaving us immediately wanting more.
Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long. Starters accompanied a crisp, dry bottle of white wine. We decided on the Salmon and the Poached Lobster. The salmon was cured for 16 hours using equal parts salt/sugar and came with pickled cucumber, confit tomato, radish, crispy skin (dehydrated in their own dehydrator downstairs and fried) and National Trust cider horseradish mustard. It was delicious and the flavours from the mustard and pickles complimented the fish perfectly.
The very generous amount of Poached Lobster came with samphire and potato salad, grapefruit, nasturtium and vanilla mayonnaise. They were both beautifully presented.
For our main dishes, we went for the Tiger Prawns from the Beech and Oak charcoal fired Josper Grill and the Slow-cooked Lamb Cannon that came with celeriac pureé, broccolini, sundried tomatoes, dumplings and lamb sauce. We ordered the full-of-flavour smoked paprika and olive oil roasted potatoes and steamed seasonal vegetables on the side.
I can honestly say the tiger prawns were among the best I’ve ever had, they were cooked beautifully, with a meaty texture and an amazing smoked taste to them from the grill.
Always having room for dessert, we ordered the Raspberry Rose Bakewell Tart with Homemade English honey ice cream which looked and tasted amazing and the Montagu’s Sticky Date Pudding with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce.
After dessert we were presented with an after dinner treat of port and mini meringue which was a lovely way finish to a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I would highly recommend visiting if you are a fan of Winston Churchill or good food!
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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Jessica Chapman