The day has arrived. We finally secured a table at Honey&Co and we can hardly control our excitement! As usual, when we arrive, the tiny restaurant is humming with activity. Part of the Honey & Co experience is being placed on a table very close to other people – this has the great advantage of giving you the opportunity to get a good look at what other people have ordered and to chat to other diners about their experience. Today we have a lovely Irish couple on one side and three ladies on the other side.
While reading through the menu we both order a London Pilsner, a craft lager from the Portobello Brewing Company. It is a good, crisp beer and full of flavour – nectar for lager lovers. Rock and I both decide to have the cinnamon spiced falafel, tomato, chilli & orange salad, and tahini pollinated with Silan (date honey). The falafel are fabulous but we should have shared – we have a lot more food to get through.
Next. Kebbeh selek – semolina dumplings with beef in a beetroot & oxtail broth and Shaharia – slow cooked duck with clementines, apricots and kadaif pastry. The Kebbeh selek is an amazingly colourful dish – the broth is a vibrant beetroot red and the dumplings are packed with rich, shredded beef. The beef is beautiful. The Shaharia has a honeycomb of flavours – an unusual duck dish that somehow manages to be both delicate and rich.
We chat away to the Irish couple about Ireland, London, the differences between the two places, the theatre, restaurants and food blogging. We talk less to the three ladies but I am unable to avoid overhearing their conversation. Now I have considerably greater knowledge of the physical impact on the female body of having more than two children than I ever expected to know!
The conversation gives us a little more time to digest and make room for dessert. Even so, we only have room to share the cold cheesecake on kadaif pastry with greek thyme honey. It is sensational. It is a hive of activity here – but it’s not too busy for great service. Rachael, who has looked after us wonderfully, notices that the guy on the table next to us does not appear to be enjoying his main. There is nothing wrong with it – it’s just not to his taste. She immediately offers to replace it with something else – “we are here to make you happy”. No fuss – just a genuine desire to ensure their Honey & Co experience is a good one.
We had a great time – really nice company, fabulous food, excellent service and great beer. I don’t want to drone on about it but it would be rude not to wax lyrical about our experience.