We have been excited about eating at The Palomar ever since reading a fabulous blog about it by Cake and Whisky. The day has finally arrived and we are going underground on the Bakerloo line listening to The Jam. When we arrive, the friendly welcome and walking past the line of chefs in the open kitchen is making us feel this is a great choice.
The menu presents us with a real problem though! There are 24 dishes listed from all around the world. We need to pick 4 or 5 dishes and we can only find 4 or 5 that we don’t want to sample. We order drinks to give ourselves some thinking time. Rock has the A.C.E. a pretty green and refreshing drink made from apple juice, cucumber, lemon juice and elderflower and I order a bottle of Alhambra Reserve 1925 – a fine amber lager with a great balance of flavours.
After a difficult process of elimination we finally choose; seabass & cod falafel to start; Yiddish Bruschetta with chicken liver pâté; beetroot carpaccio with burnt goat’s cheese, hazelnuts & honey; Shakshukit – a deconstructed kebab; chicken “two ways” – buttermilk fried and stroganoffed with mixed spice. This is the modern world of gastronomic fusion.
The dishes arrive one by one and everything is superb. The beetroot carpaccio may seem like a simple plate of sliced beetroot but the way it has been prepared and all the added extras make it taste sensational. The deconstructed kebab is also superb with a black and a green olive tapenade sitting alongside the tahini. We have eaten plenty and we are beat. Surrender is not an option though.
Dessert or just coffee. We decide to share the stilton cheesecake with apricot coulis and a chilli, pumpkin seed and caramel tuile. It works wonderfully well with great coffee and is a fitting end to a culinary adventure – that’s entertainment for the senses.
We have been served and advised fantastically well throughout the meal by Laura and Danni. While I’m writing this, Rock tells me that The Palomar has just been named the top restaurant not just in the city but in the UK by the readers of the Guardian & Observer. We are not at all surprised…. (at least 8 song titles)