Food For Media at the Caxton Bar and Grill, St Ermin’s Hotel
I was delighted to be invited to the Food For Media event at St Ermin’s Hotel. Mostly because I thought it would be a great chance to network and meet some journalists, media owners and Food and Drink Suppliers. What I got was a fabulous foodie evening, at least partly because of the Caxton Grill.
The event was organised in three or perhaps four different sections. There was a great display of ‘afternoon tea’, which I fully expected to be eaten…but which was still entact by the end of the evening. The restaurant manager was particularly proud of their own honey, the roof of the hotel is home to some 75,000 Buckfast bees who can feed from the nearby parks. .
Then a central table showcasing some of the starters that the restaurant serves, in canapé size. A perfect minature beef carpaccio, a tiny dish of mackerel with salt roasted baby beetroot, fish goujons and little pots of a leek and potato veloute.
Toward the back of the room was the showcase for the restaurant’s wine flights..well, for most of the wine flights. Laurent Perrier had their own space and foods to match with their very special champagnes. We sampled the NV with a sea bass tartare and the cuvee rose with some cured hams.
The highlight of the evening for me was being invited into the kitchen to see the Executive Chef in action with his Josper Oven. The Josper is a Spanish Charcoal burning indoor oven which allows cooking at extremely high temperatures. I’ve heard of them. I haven’t been to Hawksmoor (yet) so I haven’t seen one in action or tasted the steak that comes from them. Until now!
So, we watched as Executive Chef Hus Vedat put in lean sirloin steaks from Laverstock Park into the oven. They were cooked to (rare) perfection in just one minute – and rested a minute later. Seasoned with just a light mushroom rub, the morsels of steak we tasted were tender and beautifully flavoured. I’m afraid I stood there for rather a long time!
It was great though to hear the enthusiasm of all the staff for the food and drink. There’s a real ‘local’ theme, with fish being brought in daily to the kitchen and foraged food featuring heavily on the menu.
St Ermin’s Hotel looks like a fairytale – and the food we were served really up to the venue!
I visited the Caxton Grill at St Ermin’s Hotel as the guest of Food for Media.
Caxton Bar and Grill
2 Caxton Street