I am a writer, photographer, food/ prop stylist and film maker.
|Octopus w potato & hazelnut milk|
If one day, my pocket allows me to eat regularly at Viajante – I would be a frequent flyer. I love the challenges you get there and dinning becomes more of an experience as well as a gift to the mouth. However, presently it doesn’t allow so I have The Corner Room – a beautiful and quirky breakfast room at The Town Hall Hotel in the local of my area – Bethnal Green. See here for my tour with Nuno Mendes.
Starters are around £6 and mains about £12 – £14. You can have a 2 course lunch for about £15! Wonderful value for a menu that Nuno Mendes has (over time) played with in Viajante but after the hundreds of dishes he has created, these have not been discarded to The Corner Room but they are let to relive their former glory and for such prices – they shine just finely!
I first went on the first date here when it first opened. The date complained about the size of the table and ordered carrots for mains because it was £2 cheaper than the veal which I then had to reluctantly share! Silly pea!
The size of the table for two is rather a different sized table but I like it, its beautiful it makes you urge to reach to the other person because they are a little further away but it means there is comfortable room for all the food, the lovely bread and butter and the prosecco we would drink. I love the interior design of the room – its simple yet stylish yet laid back.
This time, I went back with my beautiful friend, Hungry In London, for a girlie afternoon of natter and chatter, comparing notes on love, life and fashion over a dinning experience and simply had the best time!
|Neck of lamb w wild garlic & grains|
|Onglet Steak w pine & celeriac|
Each dish we received came looking like a precision work of art and tasted gorgeous! Some reservation were that I didn’t receive a burst of flavours but rather just subtle ones. We couldn’t taste any wild garlic for example and the cheese on the cheese board wasn’t too special. But I am not sure if I am so spoilt by oriental flavours that bursts like bonfire on the tongue, however, the ingredients were incredible and I love this mastery of the chef! The neck of lamb and onglet steak were cooked pink to perfection and loved the small details that appeared. Each dish looked like a painting!
Some would argue that this type of fine dinning is rather pretentious but when you can have steak and chips anywhere and anytime slapped onto a plate, you have to appreciate the work and the creativity that goes into these dishes and I have to stress again – at such great value!!
|Panna cotta ice cream with apple|
I would return and very often indeed. What a great place to take a date too because as my mother says, you are what you eat, how you eat it, share it and appreciate it.
Thank you to Nuno Mendes who invited us for a 2 course meal. We paid for dessert, cheese and a good few glasses of prosecco. Wonderful afternoon!