THE TERRACE GRILL & BAR, PICCADILLY
You may remember that we recently featured an article on the relaunch of the Terrace Grill and Bar in Le Méridien on Piccadilly. Not ones to shy away from an opportunity to go back to our favourite haunts, BSF editor Hanna and I returned to the Terrace Grill & Bar to sample Chef Michael Dutnall’s recipes for a full review.
The last time I called at The Terrace it was a late evening, and as I enter the restaurant on a bright summer’s eve, it is almost unrecognisable. Made entirely out of glass, the arch shaped restaurant looks stunning with my eyes are immediately drawn to the wine shelf centrepiece glistening in the sun. We were here for an evening meal, but The Terrace also has an extensive Afternoon Tea menu- which is ideal for the setting.
As we take our seats by the window overlooking the Waterstones on Piccadilly, the waitress explains that the menu is separated into meat and fish dishes (The speciality of the Terrace), which are all sourced locally. Unlike some meat and fish restaurants, the menu is very well presented and it is easy for us to pick out our favourite dishes. For starters, I have gone for the Slow Cooked Duck Leg and Hanna chooses the Mussels interestingly cooked in Cider.
The restaurant is surprisingly deserted for a Thursday evening, and our starters are with us in 5 minutes (For which I am thankful, as I am in a ravenous mood!). As soon as the duck touches my tongue, my taste buds do a dance of enjoy as it melts down my throat- and the potato salad is the perfect supplement to the richness of the duck. I look over at Hanna and the look on her face suggests she is enjoying the mussels just as much- with the cider marinade creating a West Country twist to an old favourite. Both dishes are beautifully presented, as expected from a top London restaurant, and although flavoursome, can be considered slightly dear at £9 each.
For main course, I went for the Mixed Meat Grill consisting of sausage, bacon, medallion of beef, kidneys, and lamb cutlets. The quality of each cut was evident, however the tenderness of the beef stood out as one of the best I have tasted. Continuing with the meat & fish theme, my editor chose the Mixed Seafood grill with lobster, prawns, salmon, seabass, and scallops. As with my dish, the portions were very generous, and they even part shelled the lobster before it came to the table. It is easy to get seabass wrong, but I’m pleased to report that it was cooked to perfection.
Although we were fit to bust, it was hard to resist the dessert menu which included some of Britain’s best loved dishes including Knickerbocker Glory, Sherry Trifle, and Arctic Roll. After much deliberation we went for the treacle tart with brown bread ice cream, and vanilla rice pudding with orange sorbet. Even though I have a sweet tooth, I did find the tart a little overbearing, but the ice cream helped soothe this.
Le Méridien has done well to revamp an already popular restaurant. The menu has brought a new angle to British cuisine, and although it is not the most inexpensive grill in London- the quality ingredients used make The Terrace Grill & Bar a worthwhile visit.
For more information and bookings, visit www.terracegrillandbar.com