Sunday, 26 January 2014

MERCHANTS TAVERN, 36 CHARLOTTE ROAD

After much procrastination, and hearing good things about it, I have finally had dinner at Merchants Tavern.
I was also quite fortunate that weekend to have sweet Mikey working that very evening...
Had a sneaky little smile and wave when we were being seated, and Mikey personally came with our menus - *grins*
We were seated at a cosy little corner, with a nice view of the dining area and open kitchen at the back.





 

| Charlottes' Rules |
- Aperol, Campari, Tanqueray Gin, Ginger Ale, Lime Juice, Orange -


| Deep Fried Oysters |

My second time having deep fried oysters - I'm not really a fan of raw oysters, but it's a whole different story when they're deep fried...I think I'm hooked.

 

| Roast Quail, Hazelnut Pesto, Remoulade & Foie Gras |

Juicy, delicate and tender pieces of quail. Vivienne wasn't keen on the foie gras, so I, without any hesitancy, devoured it on my own - rich, buttery and a little bit sinful...but so good.


| Roast Pork Belly, Ironbark Pumpkin, Cimi De Rapa, Pumpkin Seed Pesto & Sage |

There is no denial about my love for pork belly - soft tender meat and crispy crunchy crackling.

 

| Roast Loin of Venison, Lardo, Beetroot Puree, Crushed Parsley Root & Juniper Crumb |


 

And then it was time for dessert!
We were still browsing the menu, when this was served...
Freshly baked chocolate brownies, oh someone is playing on my sweet tooth weakness...


Still curious to try at least one of the desserts, but not wanting to be too greedy, we decided to order one...

|Mont Blanc|



 But was then also served this extra dessert!

| Warm Ginger Loaf, Butterscotch Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream |


And to top it off...freshly baked madeleines!


Our 'one dessert' multiplied into three - not that I'm complaining!
So full, yet so happy.

They say that the way to a man's heart is trough his stomach...clearly this applies to women as well.
Oh Mikey, you really do know how to impress a girl!



Unwavered by the special treatment (okay, maybe a teeny bit), we had a really good evening - great ambience and delicious food. 
I will definitely be back.



The Cheekster, signing out x

Square Meal

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