I never say no to a bargain, particularly when it comes in the form of food, glorious food. A catch-up with my ex Ealing housemates came in the guise of sunday lunch and drinks at Tredwell’s in Covent Garden.
Now back to the bargain. We dined on an amazing star deal at Bookatable – 3 courses, a cocktail and chocolates to take home for £28 per person. Nothing not to like here, I think you’ll agree.
Moreover this is a Marcus Wareing restaurant, so expectations were high. Tredwell’s though is a more casual addition to Wareing’s restaurants, rocking an informal, relaxed atmosphere.
Spread over three floors, there is something very New York about the place. Not that I have ever been to New York (I know! Lets not go there, otherwise this post could take on a very different tangent). Anyway I get my cues from shows like SATC. It’s all leather booths, black and white tiles, a butler sink on display and a very striking art deco style clock which takes up a large chunk of the back wall.
Proceedings kicked off with a Grey Goose mint and chamomile fizz, part of the star deal. I really enjoyed the pairing of the tea infusion and minty freshness in my bubbles, but it wasn’t to everyone’s taste.
I began with Chantenay carrots, Winchester mature cheese, sourdough and carrots aioli. Honestly I wasn’t excited by my choice on paper. Although choice not being the appropriate word as being a set menu there was only one vegetarian starter. Surprisingly it wasn’t as boring as it sounded. The carrots were perfectly cooked and the slithers of cheese cut through the sweetness – I was left wiping the plate clean.
Helen’s ravioli of chicken and tarragon, parmesan and roast chicken sauce was never going to win in the looks department, but scored high on the taste front.
And talking about looks…My main was pretty as a picture. Not your usual veggie fare, which delighted me immensely. I tucked into an aubergine, miso, coriander and sesame tart. The asian inspired dish was a complete hit with the juicy and succulent aubergine between the flaky filo pastry.
The rest of table went for Barbury duck breast, duck leg, coco beans with butternut squash and cashew. It was a mixed reaction around the table of loving it. And not. I was happy as it made a very Instagram worthy shot, I’ll think you’ll agree.
Now lets talk about the sides. I could have eaten off this menu alone. We wanted everything and ended up ordering a side each, so we could have a second mini tapas meal going on at that the same time. What? We were hungry alright! We went for the truffled macaroni cheese, smoked potato and Gruyère croquettes, grilled broccoli with toasted almond butter and capers. And last but not least the triple cooked chips with hollandaise mousse. It was literally sides heaven. Apart from the chips which felt like they were quadruple cooked.
Believe it or not we all still had room for dessert after all that. I couldn’t resist the Valrhona Caraibe chocolate, basil and lime. Who knew how well basil went with chocolate? It was a taste sensation against the velvety, smooth, rich chocolate.
You’re spoilt for choice in Covent Garden for places to eat, but I do feel Tredwell’s is a little gem in the sea of eateries on offer. I mean where else are you given takeaway salted caramel truffles? Give it a go if you find yourself in that part of London.
Where are your usual haunts around Covent Garden? Let me know in the comments box below.
Tredwell’s |4a Upper St Martin’s Lane | London |WC2H 9NY
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