Happy birthday Cotton’s Daddy. Finally hitting that big 30. We are all very proud of you, and keep up with it.
This is big, isn’t it? That’s like a third of one’s life. In that case, it couldn’t be more appropriate to dine in Andrew Edmunds which also happens to be around for 30 years, since its establishment in 1986. This is one of the last remanence of the ‘old soho’, the way it supposed to be: dim light, cozy setting, dark wood furnitures, and a touch of that quintessential Englishness.
Having dinned in so many artisan and Micheline starred restaurants. I have gotten a bit bored with the same style, where everything just looked so perfect, as if straight out of a picture. I have been longing for dishes that are earthier. Here it is Andrew Edmunds. It was the best food I have had for a while. Sorry Savoy Grill, Andrew is now my new favourite.
Andrew Edmunds has also been voted the second most romantic restaurant in London, with the first one being Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden. Different from Clos Maggiore, Andrew Edmunds is much more low key. Candlelight flickering against the aged furnitures, delicate flowers of the season casually placed on the table, daily menu scribbled in words like a dream, every detail spelt individuality. With the modernisation of everything, it is so rare to find restaurant that still retains that personal touch.
The food was amazing. Every bite was a gift. Cubes of pork cheeks were deep fried to lock in the rich flavor, and balanced with the bitterness from chicory and the gentle sour taste from the mustard. As for the squid, it was wonderful, great flavour and texture. It was simply beautiful.
To cope with this cold weather, I chose winter vegetables with lentils. Such a heartwarming dish for a chilly afternoon. Prince squash, onions and carrots baked in rosemary drenched oil, it was cooked to perfection.
Cotton’s Daddy had slow cooked lamb with swede marsh. The lamb was very tender and full of flavour.
Rule number one of eating good food: always wash down with a glass of good wine. This time we have opted for a small bottle of port, just appropriate for the cold weather and the food. However, we did wish we have gone for a dry red wine, as the pork cheeks were quite rich.
Lastly, the apple crumble. It was heavenly, right balance of sweetness with a hint of cinnamon spice, topped with a spoonful of clotted cream. I enjoyed every single spoon of the dessert. This apple crumble was simple, but it certainly did not miss any flavour.
It was such a great feast for us. Maybe one of the best dinning out experiences I had so far. The service was top notch, waiter fast and nimble on their feet. The atmosphere was great. As for the price, including the drink we spent about £45 per head, but honestly it was worth it. I loved all of it. If I were to give a score, I would give it 9.5 out 10. That -0.5 because I could not read their handwriting on the menu, despite I really appreciated the unique personal touch. Both of us were so giddy and satisfied after the food, onwards and upwards to our next destination (i.e food place).
Again, Cotton’s Daddy. Hope you had an amazing birthday!