Brasserie Eating in Style
13th June 2011
The decor, reminded me a little of a Russell Sage influence, with the odd taxidermy speckled in interiors (squirrel lamps and birds in cases). It is vibrantly colourful in decor and clientele and I have to say packed to the rafters everytime I walk past. The Cafe, is a great mix of new and old, in decor as well as classic dishes with modern flourishes. One example on the decor front is the stark contrast of the ceiling detailing, between exposed tiles and a smooth white skimmed surface.
In the nature of sharing plates, my dinner guest and I decided to share a few small plates for starters, one main course and naturally (for me) a couple of desserts. The menu full of fresh and seasonally enticing small plates as well as old fashioned brasserie main plate favourites, that quenched my nostalgic yearning (sundaes).
The starters were light, delicious and colourful in design. The cutlery had a great knack of being substantial in functionality but retained daintiness. For our main, The Titchfield (named after the cafe’s street location) had a wedge of foie gras, moistening the burger and riding on the popular crest of the ingredient at the moment. I wasn’t too keen on the bun (too doughy, for my liking) and only too happy to leave it to make space for two desserts…
Onto my favourite subject – ‘Desserts‘… the Summer Pudding oozed with fruits and laced with rum. On asking our waitress what sort of rum? I’m assuming she was a young newbie, as she replied “oh, a cheap white one, just for cooking”, not exactly the response I was looking for. The Sundae was a heady mix of macaron, honeycomb, ice-cream, hot fudge sauce and fruit. Each treasure-troving spoonful, was a treat to eat.
Surveying the menu, it has a great breakfast menu too. I started with the ABC Ginger pre-dinner and the vibrancy of the colour (with beetroot) was enough to perk and set me up for the night to come.
All in all, a good find that’s handy for it’s central London (Noho) positioning. They satisfy and tick comfort eating boxes in a big way. The service if a little naive, was pleasant and speedy.Be aware of: Making your booked dining time, it’s so busy, you’ll miss out otherwise! Take time to: Try lots of the sharing plates, there is something for everyone and if they don’t press on turning the table in 2 hours, you can take your time and enjoy Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, London, W1W 7PQ Website: www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk