I’ve been to St Paul’s on numerous occasions this year. There are some lovely restaurants located there and it’s really nice to walk around St Paul’s cathedral. It looks amazing in the day as well as lit up at night.
I recently went out with a friend for a lunch during a shopping trip and the restaurant that we visited Quaglino’s was amazing and I also loved that they had live music. I enjoy listening to music and singing along to it. I sing everyday although not in public (not enough confidence for that). Naturally having been to this great restaurant with live music it was something I really wanted to experience again.
So Where to Go?
If you know St Paul’s you will be aware that there is a shopping centre there called One New Change. Up above, on the 6th floor you will discover another hidden gem; Madison. Madison boasts a large rooftop area where you can take in stunning views of the cathedral and of London. Inside is a beautifully presented restaurant that looks stylish and sophisticated. The restaurant opens at midday and you can enjoy a good range of dishes, gorgeous cocktails and music from their in house DJ’s as well as live music.
Naturally I had to go along to visit, who does’t love the combination of good food, great music and stunning views of our beloved Capital!
Just to mention for those that don’t like heights if you phone through in advance there is alternative access but this closes early over the weekend so make sure you have pre arranged getting up and back down otherwise you will need to use the glass lift! I was led up an alternative route by security and fortunately l made it all the way to the restaurant (I will have to tell you all about my disastrous attempt to make it to the 40th floor at Duck and Waffle sometime it’s guaranteed to have you wetting you pants with laughter). Traumatic height related experiences aside we arrived during the day time and were lucky enough to still be there when the sun had gone down so we got to experience both the day and night time views from the enormous rooftop.
The roof top is nicely decorated and blankets are out ready for use and there are plenty of heaters too. The comfort of guests was clearly a priority which was good to see. Inside was a mix of seating. Staff at the front desk welcomed diners and showed them to either a sofa, booth or table seating area.
A great selection of drinks is on offer from wines to cocktails. This is a lovely place to visit with friends for a drink and snacks and take in the beautiful views across London.
On Sundays Madison have some great entertainment. I was fortunate enough to visit on a Soul Sunday when Kristin Duo was preforming and she was fantastic. This lady has the most amazing voice and has worked with a wide range of artists including Sting, Olly Murs and Clean Bandit.
My friend and I went along to enjoy their three course menu which includes a sharing or individual roast with all the trimmings and half a bottle of wine per person (£38). Not bad considering what you get food and entertainment wise and this place is pretty darn trendy too!
On arrival we were greeted warmly and shown to our table. The atmosphere was relaxed, the music playing in the background (before the live entertainment started) was not too loud so you could talk easily.
This menu offers a choice of 4 starters and 4 main dishes. Alternatively there is a brunch menu and A La Carte menu available both of which seemed popular with dinners. We ordered from the three course Sunday Lunch menu but skipped the wine.
A little disorientated by the height I thought it best to stick to sparkling water. My friend however requested a cocktail which of course I had to sample purely for the purpose of my opinion on the flavours. The staff were extremely good at flitting around the room refilling glasses before they had emptied always a good sign that they are attentive to the needs of the dinners.
Appleton rum, ginger cordial, kumquats, lime and bitters.
This is served in a long glass and looks great. This arrives garnished with a slice of ginger. Within the depths of the glass are pieces of fresh kumquat and wedges of lime. The smell of the ginger wafted gently from the glass although this was more of a background, the cocktail was extremely refreshing, with a warmth form the ginger and a tanginess from the lime. The dominant flavours here were the bitters, kumquats, lime and rum.
Mackerel and salmon tartare
Fennel puree, parsley root, deep fried curry leaves and avruga caviar.
Nicely presented and a good size for a starter. This is dish has a good mix of flavours. The fennel puree was lovely and light and velvety smooth. The fish chunks were a good size and there was a nice tang from the capers. The caviar also adds a saltiness to the dish giving it a natural seasoning as it were. There is a crunchy contrast from the crisp bread slices. This is a nice light and healthy starter.
These are healthy sized dishes so make sure you bring your appetite.
Roast USDA sirloin
Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and horseradish cream.
The horseradish cream as delicious with small pieces of horseradish hidden within. It ha a nice level of heat to it which as many of you will be aware goes very well with beef. The beef was sliced and rolled around. It was juicy and tender and not at all fatty. The potatoes were not as crisp as I may have expected but they were perfectly seasoned. the Yorkshire pudding was perfect for soaking up any of the flavourful juices still remaining on the plate.
Roast corn-fed chicken
Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and shallot gravy.
Succulent and tender and flavourful are the best words one could use to describe this dish. I tend not to eat chicken out for fear that it will be over cooked but this was just right. Glad I took the risk! The chicken had been marinated to give it extra flavour. The gravy was also lovely although I could have done with a little more. The fresh cress added a nice colour as well as additional flavour to the dish. Both dishes came with a deliciously creamy cauliflower cheese which we both thoroughly enjoyed. This came in its own little bowl which was a great idea as it kept it warmer for longer.
Chocolate Praline Fondant, Butternut Squash and Vanilla Puree, Milk ice Cream
The instant you take the first mouthful you have transported straight to cloud 9. This warm rich decadent chocolate desert is simply delicious and there is no disputing the chocolate quality is high. The centre slowly oozes out as you cut into this and the ice cream as one might expect combines to make this a dish worthy of high praise. The butternut squash in both puree form and small pieces works surprisingly well to make a dish that is not only unique but also interesting and enjoyable to devour. You will find yourself scraping the dish clean so no trace of dessert is left. I love the mix of textures here that really do add to the enjoyment of the dish. It really is a gorgeous Autumnal dessert.
Pistachio and Miyagawa Triffle, Blood Orange Jelly, Linseed Crackling
Another winner especially as I have a sweet tooth. This was interesting and somewhat different. The cracking was an interesting addition and seemed to work well. The dessert looks enticing and really is a treat. I loved the blood orange jelly with its vibrant colour, well balanced flavour and bite sized chunks. It’s like a treasure chest with different gems hidden within. The pistachio sponge again was fabulous and housed small pieces of the nut within its spongy walls. The pieces of Miyagawa (fruit like an orange) was in bite sized pieces. The only down side was there were still some pips in the fruit although I appreciate it’s time consuming removing them. This was a thoroughly enjoyable dessert and I would have it again in a heartbeat.
So what can I say other than Madison is a lovely restaurant / bar and somewhere you would love to visit if you are in the area or venturing nearby. The food was all to a high standard as was the cocktail. The atmosphere is great and the views are fantastic!
Which of the dishes featured here would you like to try the most?
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Disclaimer: I was invited to sample the food at this restaurant. All views are my own.