It was a dull and dismal morning when I WhatsApp’d a mate if he fancied a bite of lunch… I sent him the link for their web site and thought he might think it too short notice but he came back seconds later and he replied with an affirmative yes please!!!
So we set off for a 30 minute trek up the M20 to the village of Chislehurst. The red bricked frontage of this former bank greeted us along with a very convenient parking space outside their front door… It was a sleek and stylish interior that greeted us as we sat in what seemed to be initially a souless and empty restaurant. In fact it filled up quite a bit by the time we left so had allot more atmosphere. It only shows it is not only about the food.
The menu is relatively short and is designed to be a tapas style of eating of small plates that features everything from a dish of olives, manchego & almonds to soft unctuous burrata with a courgette & lime pesto over it. We chose two dishes with a side of triple cooked chips seasoned with chicken skin salt – The thin slices of Flat Iron Steak with a Marmite crust and bone marrow mayo was excellent and for me the star was Hake Fillet with a shellfish bisque and chorizo… melt in the mouth and packed with flavour.
Head Chef Bobby Brown has a good track record – having previously worked with owner Stuart Gillies who was former CEO with Gordon Ramsay. Bobby can cook and this place will as time progresses be a place that will grow in confidence and I am sure will make its mark.
The final flourish of a flourless chocolate cake was stunning – light textured and showed some quality ingredients and real skill in preparation. I look forward to paying a return visit in the not too distant future… I am also looking forward to meeting Bobby when he is our guest on the October Scoff Quaff Show – tune in live on Tuesday 1st October at Channel Radio 2…