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Last Saturday a friend said about going
out for dinner, so after scanning the Tastecard website we decided on
two, Mayfair Mews and ONE08. After checking each restaurant out it
appears that Mayfair Mews has a time policy in that you had to give
the table up after 2 hours. I know 2 hours is a fair amount of time,
but if you are paying good money nobody should dictate how long you
can stay for. With this in mind we decided on going to ONE08.
When you enter the restaurant the first
thing you notice is how dark it is. In fact it was so dark we had to
use the candle to see the menu. The staff did apologise because all
of the other tables that were in use, had a spot light on them but on
our table there wasn't one. Their design team was coming back in to
sort it out.
Carpaccio of Beef
The menu had a good variety of fish,
meat and they had a couple of specials, but was lacking in vegetarian
dishes. In fact they only had 1 starter and 2 main courses that were
vegetarian and were certainly lacking in any imagination. Who wants a
salad on a cold, damp evening for a main course?
For our starters, I ordered pan fried
scallops with white beans, pancetta, chorizo and white wine. It did
say scallops, but it was only one scallop cut into thirds, but the
white bean “stew” was very tasty with a rich tomato sauce. My
partner had a smoked haddock fish cake, on a bed of spinach with a
poached egg and hollandaise sauce. He said it was tasty, the cake was
crispy on the outside with a moist and fluffy interior with a great
smoky flavour, but the egg was a bit overcooked. My friend had
carpaccio of beef, with mushroom and truffle oil with some mixed
leaves on top. The beef was fresh and tasty with the oil
complimenting the flavour.
Fish Cakes with Poached Egg and Hollandaise
Fish and Chips
I ordered fish and chips with mushy
peas, the batter was light and crisp, but it was the chips that took
centre stage- they were amazing. They are triple cooked and were the
best chips I've had in many years. Like the batter, they where light
and crisp with a really fluffy centre. My partner ordered English
lamp rump and slow roast shoulder with autumn vegetables and pearl
barley. The lamb was medium and had a nice pink middle, the meat was
tender and melted in the mouth, although it was a very tiny portion
of lamb. My friend ordered the special of skate wing with a caper
sauce. The wing was large and well cooked, the flesh was firm and
moist with a light flavour, which contrasted well with the caper
I was the only one who had a dessert
and ordered sticky toffee pudding. The pudding was moist and spongy
but the sticky toffee sauce was grainy, as the sugar hadn't
completely melted. It came with a portion of thick clotted cream
which helped mellow out the sweetness of the sauce.
The staff were polite and helpful and a
good evening was had and with the 50% discount we got off the food,
because of the Tastecard, we will be back – if for no other reason
than for those GREAT chips! We did all agree though that we would not
go if we didn't get the discount, because the portions are on the
very small side.