If you are looking for a stylish, relaxed bar to enjoy drinks with friends, work colleagues or somewhere impressive for a date in London then 100 Wardour Street is somewhere you need to have on your radar. They boast a gorgeous atrium which has been transformed into a floral gin garden for the pop-up Tanqueray Garden in aid of the #Blossomcity18 campaign and will be serving temptingly tasty floral Tanqueray creations. The D&D group who own over 30 luxury restaurant mainly located in London including Quaglinos, Madison and Avenue to name but a few are opening at 100 Wardour Street which will remain until the 29th of June. The D&D group will be kindly donating £1 to the Gynaecological Cancer Fund’s ‘Lady Garden Campaign‘ from every single bill across the group. If you need an excuse to go there often for drinks this is it, plus the drinks are yummy!
The atrium itself is beautifully decorated and on a sunny day looks that bit more exquisite with the sun dancing over the leaves and petals of the floral arrangements.
Listed above, and pictured below, these were fantastic. I tried the Bergamia Collins which was extremely strong yet also exquisitely delicious and refreshing (pictured below in the copper cups). This was easy to drink despite the alcohol kick and looked sooooo enticing with the pretty floral garnish. The guys went around offering numerous drinks from the menu but of course being a sensible little thing I didn’t overindulge – I was there to work after all. Brace yourselves next time guys, two drinks and then I’ll have a nap on the nearest sofa lol.
They had some appetising canapes being served as there had a press event. Kimberley Garner from Made in Chelsea made a guest appearance and I hear many other celebs have been spotted there on other occasions including Kim Cattrall, Tallia Storm, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Sienna Miller to name but a few.
The food at the event included mini burgers (slidders), buttermilk fried chicken, deep fried prawns with chilli and more. I tried a couple but restrained myself from overindulging as I was looking forward to my meal to follow but they were really good.
It’s not just drinks that can be enjoyed here. Aside from the pop up you can also feast upon fabulous food either at the bar and lounge or the restaurant and club. Having visited the atrium I couldn’t wait to see what the restaurant would be like. The atrium was quite lively of course with everything going on. It was a little quieter in the restaurant section further back. The atmosphere was relaxed and the seating nice and comfy. They have a few different menus to choose from including a two course menu for £15 (what a bargain), at 3 course menu for £22 also bl**dy brilliant in terms of price and food selection, a Saturday brunch, a Saturday group brunch, group lounge menu a weekend set menu for two and more.
We tried the two course menu and opted for a main and dessert rather than a starter and main. What can I say we love dessert. We could chose from:
Seared Sea Bream, Vegetables and Coconut Red Curry
This was well presented and delicious. The sauce really was gorgeous and had the perfect combination of coconut and heat. It was packed with flavour. The fish was nicely cooked and there was just the right amount. The vegetables were hidden under the fish like little cubes of treasure waiting to be discovered and each type was al dente so just right and made a welcome partnering with the fish.
Fresh Rigatoni Arrabiata, Espelette Chilli, Cherry Tomatoes
Bursting to the brim with colour and flavour, this delightful Mediterranean style dish is ideal for pasta lovers. I really liked that the pieces of chorizo were nice and chunky to give a good rich smokey, spicy addition to the dish. The bright green, super fresh peas and the lightly cooked tomato halves and roasted pepper pieces helped get us closer to our our 10 a day intake. The tomatoes were juicy and soft and literally burst in your mouth as you chewed, warm juices oozing out, delicately teasing the tongue. The fresh pasta was lovely as one might expect and vanished extremely quickly.
We also had sides with our meal which again we shared and consisted of a portion of skin on fries and fine green beans with cashew nuts. The chips were good but the green beans – wow, the cashews had been caramelised to give a lovely sweetness as well as an added crunch to the dish. The green beans were firm to the bite and cooked to perfection, salted slightly and lightly buttered created a dish which you wished was at least double in size and for your pleasure only.
Desserts Passion Fruit Tart, Hazelnut Praline and Coconut Ice Cream
The ultimate in tropical desserts this marriage of amazing flavours doesn’t just work, it really is a treat. I never discovered where the hazelnut praline went but there was still plenty going for this dish. The coconut ice cream was one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to try. The pastry of the tart was wonderful, buttery, crisp and crumbly. The contents, a smooth silky, creamy passion fruit dreamy cooked custard was sublime. The thought of it alone is making my mouth water whilst I type. The divine mix of flavours and textures from the passion fruit tart, the coconut ice cream, mini meringue stars, freeze dried raspberries and toasted coconut flakes make this dessert perfect for the season. You have to try this!!!
Tiramisu With Tia Maria and Mascarpone Cream
This was lovely and they were generous with the alcohol. It was nice and creamy with a good strong coffee flavour but I will admit it was totally overshadowed by the other dessert which had me at the first heavenly mouthful.
The food was all beautifully presented as well as the cocktails we had tried earlier. Everything as fresh, perfectly cooked and flavourful. The portion sizes were good for the price although you will find you may need a side dish to make sure the meal is filling enough if you arrive hungry.
Staff were efficient, helpful, friendly and kept water glasses topped up. This restaurant did not disappoint and is certainly one of the ones I would recommend to anyone looking for a “good” restaurant to try in London.
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Disclaimer: I was invited along as a guest for the evening. All thoughts / opinions are my own. I am pretty fussy when it comes to food as any of my friends will tell you but I can honestly say I had a wonderful evening. Thanks guys x