Cocktails and Comfort at Piquet, Newman Street:
This week I am majorly suffering from the holiday blues after a week under the Californian Sun. So, an invitation to an exclusive dinner at The Fir Room at Piquet was just the pick-me-up I needed.
Piquet is located on Newman Street, and the main restaurant is downstairs. Level with the ground floor is The Fir Room, which offers a cosier, more chilled vibe where the idea is to sit back with a cocktail (or few) and share plates and sample the menu without the formality of a restaurant.
Upon arrival, we were welcomed by Miss Polly Hawkins – a refreshing mix of camomile infused gin crafted with rose syrup, lemon bitters and egg white.
The first dish was served promptly after being seated – oysters with a side of shallot vinegar. These oysters were everything you’d want an oyster to be – cold, salty, huge and so darn yummy, I could have easily eaten them all.
Next up was something that I was always put off by and had never tried before – pork crackling. It was OK actually. I think the salsa filling was tangy enough to distract me from the thought of eating fried pork fat. If you’re a fan of pork crackling – this is definitely one for you.
After that, we were served mackerel with horseradish cream. Absolutely amazing. The fish was soft and covered thinly with a layer of crispy skin. My only complaint is that I wished there was more of it.
Next dish – casserole of cod cheeks topped with baby squid. This dish was bursting with flavour. Again, the fish was soft and fluffy and coupled well with the contrast of crunchy bits of deep fried squid.
Next up – Le Piggy Burger in slider form – made up of smoked patty, pulled pork and streaky bacon. Very piggy indeed. Not being a fan of pork, this was a lot of pork, so I had half. The pulled pork really stood out against its piggy competitors, it had a rather intense BBQ flavour, which I did quite enjoy.
Last dish was a croquette of pigs head – again rather porky for someone who doesn’t like pork – I was surprised when I noticed I had finished it all. If you are a pork lover, I guarantee this is something for you.
We finished off with a selection of cheeses and range of sweet and tangy chutneys – rather stuffed by this point, I only nibbled a little.
Each dish was served with its perfect wine companion. For all you wine connoisseurs, the wine we sampled in order of appearance:
Casa de Passarella, A Descoberta Branco, Dao,2014Santiago Ruiz, O’Rosal Albariño, rias baixas, 2014Ivo Pages, Me Gusta tu, Tempranillo, Catalunya, 2013Gutierrez Colosia, Amintillado seco, sherry
This delightful cocktail with a sugar crusted rim brought the meal and evening to a close.
92 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EZ