You may know the daddy restaurant already – the well established Hush in Mayfair (hidden down a cobbled alley with a large courtyard, it’s also worth checking out.) This is a new breed of spin-off Hush Brasseries located in St Pauls and Holborn which have only just opened.
This is my kind of menu – all the best bits of British, French and Italian cooking, but played with slightly to take it beyond the bog-standard. Whichever genius invented the “pulled pork in a yorkshire pudding” starter deserves some kind of medal. The dressed dorset crab with avocado and melba toast was also pretty good. For mains, I went for the “hush hamburger with mini Caesar salad” which also comes with optional pulled pork so of course I went for it, and it was a really tasty burger (although might struggle if forced to take on some of the big guys!). My date had the lobster taglierni, and we also shared a side of the macaroni cheese and the truffle fries. The mac n’ cheese was a real winner – with a great addition of broad beans, peas and pesto. The fries were just OK, and there was probably too much truffle if I’m being honest.
We still made room for desert – there’s no chance I’d be able to turn town the honeycomb ice cream, and my date had a perfectly executed brownie.
On arrival on a sunny June evening, I saw most people drinking large, refreshing looking drinks in different colours with flowers in and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. They turned out not to be cocktails, but from the speciality spritzer menu – which whilst a touch girlie, was so tempting that even my date decided to try one. I had the sauvignon blanc with orange, limoncello and soda water, my date had the chenin blank with elderflower and violet liquer and lemonade. Highly recommended on a sunny day.
It’s a welcoming restaurant with a real buzz about it and they’ve clearly put quite a lot of effort in to making it feel quite informal, and the trendy décor isn’t too try hard. You could definitely head here for just a cocktail or coffee and a cake in the afternoon, brunch or dinner and feel equally at home.
The service was a little bit slow and muddled in parts, but we did go in opening week and our waiter was very apologetic. It was incredibly reasonably priced, and would have been even if we hadn’t have been getting the opening week 50% off. It was solidly tasty food, in a chilled environment and in what is otherwise a bit of a culinary wasteland around St Pauls.
GO THERE IF…
You want somewhere you can easily book a table and guarantee nice food and drink for a girlie catch up.
The idea of a white wine spritzer being cool is too much for you.
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If you head for a weekend brunch they offer free slippers and newspapers!
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