Fine dining at the Royal Albert Hall Coda Restaurant – and Elvis Costello:
I didn’t actually expect elegance at the Royal Albert Hall. I suspect I am too used to promming – turning up during the summer months to sit on the floor and stare up at the orchestra (or just at the weirdly mushroomed ceiling). So, finding my way to Coda, the Fine Dining Restaurant run by Rhubarb, it was a pleasant suprise, when I walked into a beautifully decorated and elegant space.
There are not so many places in London where you can sit looking out over Hyde Park, sipping champagne. Not unless you are extremely wealthy that is!
We both started the meal with a light chilli and coriander prawn salad.
My pescatorian companion would have preferred his Plaice Meuniere on the bone but, given this restaurant is entirely catering for a pre- theatre audience I can see the logic in serving fillets. It was servedwith crushed new potatoes, sorrel, sweet corn, chilli and samphire (£24).
My medium rare Beef Fillet with seasonal wild mushrooms, wild garlic, confit shallot, potato and celeriac mille feuille (£32) was perfectly cooked, beautifully presented and the meat had an excellent taste and texture. The mushrooms were morels – whether or not they are seasonal I don’t know, but they were very good
I wasn’t in the mood for dessert but my companion ordered the Passionfruit cheesecake with Amearetto crumbs (£8.00) and cookies. It was quite a substantial dish with the cookies and I was quite pleased I’d ducked out to enjoy a plate of Hamish Johnston Cheese with quince jelly instead
Wines were excellent and most were offered by the glass or bottle. I am a great fan of Berry Brothers Ordinary Claret so was particularly happy to see it on the wine list. Service was fast and efficient and the view quite spectacular.
All in, an excellent way to start an evening at the Royal Albert Hall – in our case to see Elvis Costello (which was great fun) so many thanks to Rhubarb for inviting us to review