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L’Eto Launches on the Kings Road:
I’m not a great fan of launch events, I tend to find them overcrowded and not usually representative of what is to come. But the l’Eto invitation looked interesting, while it is not quite on my doorstep it IS only a walk away, and I wanted to find out more. That particular night I had a second engagement, for dinner, so inspired by the idea it might help improve my fitness I decided to walk.
That was my first Foolish Idea of the night. While I could walk for miles in skyscraper stilettos in my twenties, my limit now is a quick hobble from taxi to restaurant. And even though I’d picked out mid-height heeled ankle boots I did regret not walking in flats and carrying the heels. Oh well, by the time I hit ninety I might have learnt better!
I was greeted with champagne and smiles in a buzzing café. There were salads laid out along one wall, dishes of handmade truffles on the other side and wonderful cakes in the window. Foolish Idea number two, that I could pop along, have a glass of champagne and then leave! Of course I did have to do so, but I really regretted having accepted both invitations.
I did, however, mention how perfect the café would be to meet up with a friend of mine who has just had her first baby. I’d been plotting to meet up with Mina from Kings Road Rocks and we were looking for somewhere that both of us could get to easily (possibly with a baby in-tow). Finding child-friendly locations isn’t something that I normally have to think about, but I was assured that it would work perfectly, with or without the baby, and invited to return and review the lunch offering.
I went on my way with samples of some wonderful ‘green tea’ truffles (coated in matcha). An idea I fully intend to copy at home (or pop back and acquire some more at a later date).
Back for lunch a week or so later, the café was still lively and I was surprised to find it almost full on a mid-week morning. We moved downstairs to the quieter restaurant area. Beautifully decorated in English Country Home style, it’s very comfy and if it hadn’t been for Mina’s appointment an hour or so later we might just have settled in for the afternoon.
It was chilly so I ordered a bowl of soup to start with – a hearty, substantial bowl of vegetables which tasted wonderfully fresh. Mina’s rather more delicate looking crab was pronounced delicious too.
If I’m honest, my main course of steak was a little more generous a portion than I expected. Perfectly cooked and beautifully served, I somehow managed to eat the lot! And some of the delicious tenderstem broccoli we’d ordered to share between us.
Mina offered a taste of her pumpkin tortellini, plump little parcels of al-dente pasta filled with a light and fragrant pumpkin stuffing and served with a creamy sauce. Great use of seasonal ingredients.
Now, I was really very full at this stage and Mina needed to leave, so I ordered some coffee and sipped delicately, watching the ladies who lunch. Upstairs, I avoided ordering any dessert or cake, and thought I’d make do with a virtual representation of the truffles…
And the honeycake (which perhaps owes something to owner Artem Login’s Russian origin)
And all the other delicious cakes and cookies on show.
If you can find any fault at all with l’Eto it is that of temptation. On the one hand there are plates of what looks like deliciously healthy, fresh food. From experience, everything IS the sort of wonderfully tasty wholesome food that you can tell has been made that day and that (in the case of the green stuff) IS and good for you without being in any way a sacrifice to eat.
But, just behind the salads and savoury food are trays of cakes and over the other side mounds of home made truffles – and who can resist a little self-indulgence for long?
It’s far too easy and far too nice (in my experience) to eat a healthy main course and then succumb. Of course my third Foolish Idea was that I could avoid doing just that…but then things do always come in threes!
149 Kings Road