Review: Andaz’s 1901 Restaurant

Mimi ON Feb 03, 2011 AT 9:30 am

The domed window in the Dining Room

The domed window in the Dining Room

Now when it comes to Valentine’s Day  BATD HQ steer well clear. However we understand that there are those out there that love this strange day of celebration so I’ve found a great restaurant for those that want a sophisticated meal out for two in a fab venue, with amazing service and great food.

The Andaz Liverpool Street 1901 restaurant is located right next to the Liverpool Street Hyatt, Andaz,  in London and can be found in a cavernous space right underneath a beautiful domed stained glass roof. It’s airy and spacious yet manages to maintain a real sense of intimacy so is the perfect place for any city dwelling love birds to have a romatic meal after work on Valentine’s Day this year.

As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who plied us with the small yet effective menus and the most delicious bread with amazing apricot flavoured butter. We were then visited by the very knowledgeable Sommelier who took us through the wine choices that he thought would compliment our final choices… he even changed my companion’s mind about red wine which – she never drinks – so he definitely knows his stuff.

1901 Dining Room

1901 Dining Room

We started with a King Prawn and Pork Belly dish for my friend and Crispy Salmon Balls with deliciously tart and tangy cucumber slices and soured sauce.  Both dishes were delicious and just what we both wanted, although the King Prawn was slightly overdone to my friend’s taste. With the starter we were recommended two wines; a Furmint of Royal Fekkai Premier Cru with the Prawn and Pork and a Louis Michelle et Fils Chablis with the Salmon, both of which complimented the dishes perfectly.

We then moved on an amazing Pan Fried Leg of Lamp with pine nuts, croquette potatoes and veg and a beautifully cooked Tenderloin Beef with Oxtail. Both my companion and I were in heaven with each of our dishes, the meat was cooked perfectly and the accompanying flavours were matched amazingly.

As we were enjoying ourselves so much, having dessert at this point was clearly the only option! I opted for the Apple Crumble with an interesting accompanying citrus sorbet. This dish was delightful but perhaps slightly overpowered by the grapefruit sgements that came with it. My friend opted for the Gingerbread Cake with roasted plums and Chantilly cream which she said was the perfect ending to her meal.

Rebecca Ivatts

A Rebecca Ivatts creation

All in all the meal was really very good and was made even better by the live violinist that strolls amongst the tables as you’re eating. The ambience in the room would be the perfect atmosphere for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal and the food matches, if not exceeds, you’re expectations as you walk into the grand dining room.

They have a special Valentine’s menu this year and if the items from the menu that we tried are anything to go by, you’ll be in for a treat! Plus, as an extra treat couples can have their kiss immortalised by London artist Rebecca Ivatts. Guests will be able to take home sketches on the night or alternatively, have a photograph taken of your embrace which Ivatts will transform into a large artwork on canvas to be delivered within 4-6 weeks; prices will range from £ 49 to £3,000.

1901 Valentines Menu:

Starters

Horseradish Mousse, Cucumber, Dill, Beet Root Leafs
Seawater King Prawns, Mango, Red Onions, Micro Cress
Creamy Carrot Soup, Duck Ravioli, Ginger, Coriander

Middle Course

Aubergine Cakes, Red Pepper Sauce, Parmesan, Mint
Pan Fried Scallop, Nutmeg Flower Liquid, Celery Mikado, Carrots
Stuffed Corn Fed Chicken, Green Pepper, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes
Sorbet – Basil, Apple and salted Orange (do not write in the menu)

Main Course

Crispy Rice, Yellow Curry Sauce, Swiss Chard, Chilli
Turbot & Salmon Roulade, Champagne Foam, Baby Asparagus
Beef Tenderloin, Cardamom – Lime Jus, Honey, Vegetables

Dessert

British Cheese Selection, Chutneys, Bread
The Chocolate Textures
Coconut Cassis with Gingerbread

To book at either 1901 Restaurant or Catch contact the restaurant reservations team at Andaz Liverpool Street on 0207 618 7000 or email london.restres@andaz.com.

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