I made a bit of a faux pas – I went out to eat and I didn’t take photos! Imagine that! *covers face* In my defence it was a business lunch so it wasn’t really appropriate to take pics – also in the city of London with all of those toffee nosed stuck up City B-Wankers – it’s really not the sort of environment to take pics. I had to just tell you about my visit to Le Relais de Venise in Throgmorton Street, London.
Le Relais de Venise had been on my “restaurant hit-list” for well over a year. Yes I do have a restaurant hit-list – a carefully constructed list of restaurants that I would like to visit. It’s on a Google Doc and everything. Well I do work in digital marketing!
I was starting to think I’ve never get the opportunity to visit, until one of my suppliers asked where my colleagues and I would like to go for lunch – in the city. Easy decision. We opted for a later lunch because city people like to eat early lunches – unless it’s a Friday it seems – in which case yes they will go early – but sit for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages – because it’s Friday and they are financial workers so why should they actually work – huh? Anyhow. We arrived at 1.30pm and it took a half hour to be seated – oh right did I fail to mention that they don’t take bookings? Yes – that. We were seated and given the menu – for drinks – because here you only have to answer one question for them on food “rare or medium?” that’s IT. Nothing else – no other questions. Unless you’re a vegetarian – in which case they might ask why you are there because it’s certainly not for veggies.
I’m not going to lie – I’ve had better steak. Of course I have – because I’ve had Chateaubriand and fillet steak, but this isn’t about what cut of meat you have – not at all – entrecôte is not a bad cut of meat – not by any mile – it’s premium (that’s for you Brian). This is about the accompaniments. The amazing salad that you have as a starter, the fantastic sauce on the steak and the frites. You’re served and you start eating – just when you think you’ve almost finished (but you know you could eat more) the waitress piles a bit more onto your plate – it’s wondrous! Don’t forget the obligatory dijon mustard – you’d be a fool to!
Lunch here was gorgeous – I’ll definitely be coming back, for dinner – I want to bring my other half… He would love it. Although he travels so frequently to Paris it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s been to the French counterparts.
I couldn’t manage dessert but there is a good selection of them and they look pretty good. crème brûlée and profiteroles to name a few.
I’ve never been a dessert gal so I reclined (yes that and declined) and relished the taste of the steak whilst sipping on wine. Ah the wine. It’s palatable – but the house (which everyone seemed to be ordering) is slightly acidic. Not sure I would go for that again…Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte 5 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2AD 020 7638 6325