THE CHILTERN FIREHOUSE Part 2 : O Crab Doughnuts

Done with the design and style review of the Chiltern Firehouse in my previous article, now let’s look at the food…  Well, it was informal dining, American brasserie style with Nuno Mendes’ signature twist.  We tried both the bar snack menu and the main dinner menu, and had to admit that we preferred the bar snack menu, firstly because the portions were smaller so it was easy for us try many dishes without getting too full, and secondly because the dishes on this menu was more experimental than the main dinner menu.

Our number one favourite was definitely… the crab doughnut…

Our 2 favourites of the Bar Snacks… Crab Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Wings

The little morsel of crispy deep fried crabmeat the size and shape of a macaroon… They were not only cute looking but were also delicious and so moreish, it was hard to stop once we started on them…  It was reassuring to know later that we were not the only ones who gobbled these little gems down so quickly…  Apparently, this was one of their most popular dishes and most famous of Mendes’ signature dishes here…

Our second favourite from the bar snack menu was the fried chicken wings…  Yes, you heard me right.. like the KFC fried chicken wings but so much nicer!  here it was served with a special Firehouse Sauce which was slightly spicy…

The dishes from the main dinner menu were fantastic as well, we had steak tartare and ceasar salad for starters….

Steak Tartare with Firehouse Hot Sauce
Firehouse Caesar Salad

For our main course, I had chargrilled Iberico Pork and my mom had the roast duck…

Chargrilled Iberico Pork

The roast duck was great, but we thought that the Iberico Pork was fantastic…  They arrived looking and tasting more like really tender loin steak rather than pork…

We were very full by the time the main course ended, so we were recommended to share a frozen apple panna cotta for dessert which was a really good choice because it was light and not too sweet…

Frozen Apple Panna Cotta

The frozen apple panna cotta looked a little bit like a snail hidden amongst fresh green grass, but actually it was a swirl of meringue on top of the panna cotta surrounded by shiso granite, which was really refreshing…  Just what we needed for a warn sunny day…  It was quite a perfect ending to my birthday dinner…

Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant was certainly highly recommended, for a nice casual meal.  Although there had been a lot of hype surrounding the restaurant, one should not expect to experience over-the-top formal fine dining here, because this establishment was all about simple cooking with plenty of imagination, an experimental casual dining brasserie type, true to Nuno Mendes’ style.

The only downside of the evening, was that the meal was rather on the pricey side, so mere mortals like moi would have to keep this restaurant on the “special occasions only” list!

Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant
1 Chiltern Street
T: 0207 073 7676

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