9 Post/s by Tag: Fine Dining

Dining in style at The White House

17 May 2012

The White House

The White House

Just a taking a little break from my usual meatridden spiels to reflect on a moment of finer dining a couple of months ago. It was our last night at home in Wellington and we were looking for a convenient excuse to convince my parents to allow us to take them out for a bit of a blow out at a nice restaurant. As it turned out it was their wedding anniversary so off we went to The White House.

The White House is one of Wellington’s swishier restaurants, situated in the prime location of Oriental Bay, looking out onto beautiful views of Wellington Harbour.

As we very rarely go out for such meals, we decided to go the whole hog and ordered the Menu Degustation all round. The meal was wonderful. Each dish a delight. Beautiful to look at and beautiful to eat. Little nods to molecular gastronomy here and there. Explosions of exciting and complimentary flavours and textures left, right and centre. Ten courses of heaven. (more…)

A Grandiose Breakfast at The Wolseley

27 Mar 2011

“Another birthday, another birthday meal out” seems to have defined my past couple of months. But far be it for me to complain. In fact I’m extremely fortunate to have friends with such excellent taste in restaurants.

I’d previously dragged myself out of bed once before to experience the full European grandeur of having breakfast at Piccadilly-based restaurant The Wolseley before going to work! It ended up being a rather luxurious, surprisingly convenient and not overly costly experience. And now the birthday of a friend seemed like an excellent reason to do it again!

Our view from the balcony dining area

Our view from the balcony dining area

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Dinner for Lunch!

16 Mar 2011

When a friend managed to get a lunch booking for 6 at Heston Blumenthal’s new endeavour at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, I jumped at the opportunity to join in. My pockets have never felt well lined enough to dine at his legendary Fat Duck restaurant, but I’ve been a great fan of his unconventional and innovative style of cuisine.

Restaurant Interior

Restaurant Interior

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a restaurant which allows us London dwellers, the ability to sample a subtle glimpse of Blumenthal’s quirky and creative style, without leaving the city. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful; light fixtures in the shape of jelly moulds, and large windows facing directly onto Hyde Park, which serves as a stunning backdrop. A glass wall also separates the kitchen from the dining area and we can watch the chefs at work and admire the gigantic pulley/clockwork mechanism which dominates the kitchen, intended purely for the purpose of spit roasting pineapple.

Spit Roasting Pineapple

Spit Roasting Pineapple

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Fiskfelagid (Fish Company)

21 Feb 2011

We recently spent a few fun but very full on days in Iceland to celebrate my friend Sam’s birthday. Based on favourable word of mouth reviews and it’s status as #1 Restaurant in Reykjavik via Trip Advisor, she selected Fiskfelagid as her restaurant of choice for her birthday dinner. We had a really lovely time here. The atmosphere was romantic, warm and inviting and the service was very friendly. There was also some excellent background music with some good indie tunes!

Dining at Fiskfelagid

Dining at Fiskfelagid

Despite being a somewhat rowdy and rambunctious table of 11 (while all other diners appeared to be couples), we were never made to feel anything less than welcome and well looked after. The Head Chef, egged on by staff even came out and fed Sam her birthday dessert!

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The Warrington

2 Feb 2011

I used to live in The Barbican.  It was and will always one of my greatest loves in London.  Some people see it as an ugly concrete jungle in the city, but I would find comfort in it’s solid walls and frolic about on it’s labrynthian highwalk late at night when no one was around.  Going out was a breeze, and anywhere worth visiting was only a short walk away.

Eventually the fates conspired, I was torn from the heart of where I loved best and now I find myself living in Maida Vale.  Obviously moving from The Barbican to Maida Vale is not a particularly devastating downgrade.  I should point out that I typically wouldn’t be able to afford to live in either location but it seems if you have patience, some strange twist of fate will enable you to stumble across a bargain.

Maida Vale is nice enough but I think I must be a city girl at heart.  I miss the excitement, vibrancy and convenience of city living.  I realise I’m not making enough of an effort to enjoy Maida Vale living and there is a need to remedy this.  So what better place to start than the local restaurant scene?  Queue The Warrington.

The Warrington, pub adorned with refurbished original features

The Warrington, pub adorned with refurbished original features

Owned by Gordon Ramsay, The Warrington is a pub downstairs, restaurant upstairs and formally an 18th century hotel and brothel.  Interestingly enough the slang word “randy” originated here due to it’s proximity to neighbouring Randolph Crescent.  If you look at the feature above the bar, you’ll see it’s adorned with glass paintings of frolicking naked ladies… ooh racy!

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