As the cold winter nights draw in, one feels the need for comfort food. Eastway Brasserie is located inside the Andaz Hotel in the heart of London’s business district and headed up by head chef Sam Dunleavy who has been at The Andaz since 2005. His passion for culinary techniques, fine ingredients and unpretentious cooking can be evidenced in the way he takes on classic dishes and reinterprets them into his surroundings.
There is an impressive lounge bar for post work drinks or somewhere to retire to for a digestif after dinner. Why not try the Mezcal Brooklyn? This cocktail combines mezcal, vermouth and maraschino, poured over ice and garnished with a decorative orange zest folded over a blueberry. The taste is not too disimilar to that of a lighter Negroni and makes an excellent aperitif. Jack’s Martini is another pre-dinner cocktail worth trying with its combination of vodka, St-Germain, lemon and garnished with an infused cucumber. A sweet yet refreshing finish. They also have a happy hour Monday to Friday from 5-8pm.
To begin, gin cured salmon provided great comfort. Served with lemon tonic gel, avocado, dill and a rye crisp, it’s fresh and zingy. An outstanding plate was a pan seared scallops with chorizo, sweet corn salsa and a creamy piquillo pepper jus.
For main courses, the stand out dish was a creamy parmesan and leek risotto with flourishes of tarragon, leek oil, crispy leeks and a poached egg. This worked well with the texture and consistency of the rice and is a fine example of chef reinterpreting a classic dish. The 28 days aged ribeye although a safe choice was brilliantly prepared.
The starters and risotto paired well with a glass of Pleine Lune which together create a buttery and creamy texture, with an elegant finish of French oak. The ribeye steak paired wonderfully well with the ripeness of a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux.
The dessert menu is full of favourites like sticky toffee pudding. If you’re looking for something a little unusual, why not try the chocolate and coconut panna cotta.
Overall, Eastway offers a warm and comforting selection of dishes. We liked how the little touches to each of the dishes really made a difference to make them stand out. As I look at the weather forecast for the coming week, I see the temperature is expected to plunge, a great excuse for another warming visit to Eastway Brasserie.
To book and discover more, visit: https://eastwaybrasserie.co.uk/
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