Kitchen W8 was recommended to me by Fiona who writes the fab blog London Unattached. Whenever there’s a cooking show or a chef on TV I always wish I could remember where they were so I could go. I envisage a clean cut restaurant, great service and fantastic food on a not too expensive set menu. This is exactly what Kitchen W8 does. Known for being the most reasonably priced Michelin star restaurant in London they offer three courses for £23.
Due to tube problems we arrived very late for our table but the staff were very kind and seated us; I’m so pleased they did.
We started with heritage tomato salad with sweet and sour peppers. The tomatoes were the perfect ripeness, temperature and texture, the peppers were punchy and the Kalamata olives added a lovely saltiness. I am a sucker for tomato anything and this was beautiful.
Main was breast and shoulder of lamb with heritage carrots and new season peas. It tasted as good as it looked (below). Sweet carrots and peas, the lamb was meltingly soft and there was a sort of pulled lamb crispy coated treat on the side of the plate which I could have eaten forever. We had a lovely carafe of Cabernet Sauvignon with this too.
Dessert was vanilla parfait with mango, passion fruit and lime which was just the right amount of sweetness and sharpness to finish the meal.
We started our next morning with a trip to The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields; a vibrant, bright way to start the day. We queued outside and although it looked long it didn’t feel like we were waiting around for ages. I didn’t know what to choose; the chorizo and potato with fried egg sounded so good but I can never turn down an Eggs Benedict. The ham was thick and smoky, the muffin lovely and crisp with perfectly poached eggs and smooth hollandaise sauce. I thought the hollandaise could have done with a bit more oomph but it was still very nice. I ordered a side of potatoes with this which were fried with onions and herbs; I could have happily eaten a very large bowl full of these. This is a great place to meet with friends, they have a huge selection of breakfast things on the menu and the music and atmosphere can’t fail to wake you up.
And yes, the giant fridge does open as a door to a secret downstairs.