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to pick up my camera from a friend in Shaftesbury Avenue yesterday (6
October) and asked if they fancied going for lunch in "town"
(London’s west end). Our plan was to go to a restaurant called Hix
in Brewer Street, but luckily for me they were fully booked and we
ended up at a small and intimate restaurant called Andrew Edmund, at
46 Lexington Street, which has been open for just under 25 years.
That is incredibly good going for a restaurant in the centre of
London, due to the fickleness of London customers.
enter this very small and intimate restaurant, and because of its
size the tables are crammed together. Even though there were empty
tables upstairs we were told that we had to go downstairs. Which I
didn't like, because it is fairly dingy and you get the cooking and
waiting staff constantly going back and forth to the store room. Also
there was constant stomping from upstairs- it reminded me of being a
20 year old living in a nasty cheap rented flat where there was no
sound proofing and hearing the neighbours being amorous. When we left
there were still empty tables upstairs which annoyed me. Maybe it was
us and they wanted to keep us hidden from the other customers as we
might put hem off there food, ha-ha. If you do decide to come, which
I recommend, book in advance and ask for a table upstairs. I guess it
would have been okay if there had been more people downstairs to
create an atmosphere, but it was lacking on the day we went.
Carpaccio of Octopus
was very good and I started with a warm wild mushroom and lentil
salad. The green lentils were firm with a wonderful earthy taste and
the mushrooms were cooked well, with a fleshy bite. My friend had
carpaccio of squid with shiso cress and a ginger and soy sauce
dressing. The squid was fresh but a little chewy and was slightly
overpowered by the dressing. I found the shiso crest very
interesting. I've never had it before and enjoyed the unusual
flavour. I have a couple of SE Asian supermarkets near me, so
will try and
purchase some for more research.
Braised Lamb with Hisbi Cabbage
waiting for our main course I mentioned to my friend that I was
worried about the lamb because I wasn't asked how I wanted it cooked.
But that will teach me again not to RTFM (read previous post of the
same name .
We both ordered Braised Lamb with mash and Hispi cabbage
(althoughthey spelt it Hisby). It was a lamb shank which had been
slowly cooked and was so tender the meat just fell off the bone. The
mash, which was really buttery, was sitting on top of the firm and
crunchy cabbage, all in a warm tomato gravy. This was perfect hearty
food for the typical autumnal day- sunny but cold and windy.
have an extensive wine list, which can get very expensive, and they
had red wine which could be chilled, it's not
something you see very often. The list has an asterisk next to the
wines so you can see which reds can be chilled and the waiter did ask
if we wanted it chilled. With the dishes we ordered the chilled red
wine complimented them perfectly.
service was good but I actually felt we were a distraction from the
action upstairs rather than customers. We were (at the beginning) the
only people downstairs and so the waiter had to keep running up and
down to serve us. But the waiter was always very
polite and helpful when discussing the menu and about the restaurant.
I did ask the waiter how often the menu changed, and was pleased to
hear that they changed one or two dishes daily and so by the end of
the week it's completely different. This was music to my ears because
what I had eaten was truly tasty. If they change their menu
frequently and it is as good as this, then I will be back sooner
rather than later. I believe this could actually be the case because
the waiter did say that they have a lot of regulars and my friend
mentioned he had been many
tims before which is why we ended up there, after our disappointment
just checking out to see if they had a website and it appears they do
not, but whilst checking I found a review, from the Time Out website (Edmunds T.O. Review ),which is a year old, it would
appear that they take reviews in consideration. The reviewer for Time
Out, had the same starter as mine, but with their starter it came
with Manchego and he said it was disappointing. But with mine it came
with pecorino, which gave the dish a deep salty flavour which didn't
overpower the mushroom or lentils.