Now I have eaten in many a fine restaurant but One Blenheim Terrace is one of my favourites by a long shot from the location to the atmosphere and most importantly the food...this is a restaurant that you can not afford to miss out on.
Located a hop, skip and a jump from Abbey Road and that infamous zebra crossing is One Blenheim Terrace where Chef Patron, Ed Shaerf who puts a very modern spin on traditional dishes.
So my boyfriend and I had come by the opening of One Blenheim Terrace and got to sample some of the delights on offer for the evening, but that wasn't enough for us...we NEEDED to go back and have a proper feast so that we could put Ed's dishes to the test properly.
Upon arrival at One Blenheim Terrace you immediately notice the attractive exterior and once you walk up the stairs and inside you notice the contemporary interior. We were greeted by a friendly host and shown to a table in the window over looking the terrace and presented with the menu. Now normally I like to choose my own dishes and for my dining companion to do the same so that we get to taste as many dishes as possible, but on this occasion myself and my boyfriend immediately decided to try the tasting menu, as it had all of my favourite meats and flavours on it....now that's a test!
Between ordering our meal and it arriving we were presented with a hot basket of bread, which had 4 different varieties it in for us to try. now filling up on bread before a big dinner is not a good idea but the marmite loaf was just delicious.
Before the first course arrived we were presented with an Amouse Bouche which was mouthwatering and a great way to start the meal (and no I am not going to tell you what it is or that would spoil the surprise). For our first course however, we were presented with a wild and forest mushroom consomme which was so light but with such strong woody under tones, it was heavenly. My taste buds had been set alive by this point and I was ready for the next course to arrive.
Humm, so next up was Beetroot cured salmon, cucumber and vodka granita. The beetroot had completely infused the salmon and although the cucumber and vodka granita was somewhat like a slush puppy the watery clean flavours went perfectly with the salmon. So we are half way through our meal and I am wondering if were are going to manage all 6 courses, can one person fit that much food in their bellies!?!?
Well when the 4th course arrived I just knew this one was going to be devoured as well. Duck with Soured Cherries were placed before us, with the duck being so perfectly pink but with not one drop of blood on my plate, my first bite was gamey and succulent the cherries exploding in my mouth full of flavour. With the added touch of braised red cabbage I throughly enjoyed every mouthful.
I was happy to see the next course arrive in a shot glass, which meant that it couldn't take up too much room. So liquid popcorn was served and I have to admit when I saw it on the menu I really couldn't quite comprehend what liquid popcorn might taste like, but it genuinely tasted like buttery popcorn and I was transported back to being in a child sitting in the cinema with my Grandparents enjoying the hot buttery popcorn that you only seemed to get back in the old days.
So it is time for dessert and we made it....Prune Crumble with Earl Grey Ice Cream. Now I am a big crumble fan but have never had prune crumble before, however if I saw it on the menu again I would most certainly choose it.....delicious and the ice cream really was like sitting down with a cup of tea.
We made it to the end and with not another drop of wine being able to slide down the sides it was time for coffee...with some fabulous homemade chocolates and macaroons, which although we were so full up we managed to devour as they were just so tasty. It was time to leave, but short of walking we literally rolled out the door after a throughly enjoyable evening.
Would I go back!?!? Oh yes....in fact if I could go back every evening then I would, as the food is without a shadow of a doubt some of the best I have eaten in a long time and I encourage you to go and try this fabulous menu which is set at a very very reasonable price for the quality of food you get. Hats off Ed, you have created a little piece of heave at one Blenheim Terrace.
Top Tip....take advantage of the Blenheim Brunch between Tuesday and Sunday from £5.95 it is fabulous value for money and well worth the trip.
1 Blenheim Terrace London, Greater London NW8 0EH
Written by Natalie Nevard