Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street station, inside the Andaz Hotel is the impressive brasserie Eastway. Its light and vibrant space, along with their delicious-looking London Restaurant Festival menu made it a perfect Friday night dinner destination.
We received a lovely warm welcome from the host and were shown to our seat. The dining room is deceptively bigger than we expected from the outside. The open plan kitchen really added to the lively atmosphere.
Eastway have a great cocktail menu so we decided it would be rude not to sample a couple before dinner. I went for a classic peach bellini while they made my partner a rather potent whisky sour.
We had some fresh bread to nibble on while we looked over the menu. The set LRF menu is short but sweet featuring a mixture of dishes to suit all palates. Our delightful server was on hand with any questions and didn’t rush us to order which got our evening off to a relaxing start.
First out, Mike’s heirloom tomato tart with burrata and basil. It lay surrounded by fresh chunky green and red tomatoes and a tangy pesto drizzle. The flaky pastry was crisp on the top and soft on the bottom just how I like it. Not to mention it was the size of a small UFO, meaning I could help out with a few mouthfuls.
I was happy with my choice when a rustic board filled with pork and rabbit terrine and truffle butter was whisked in front of me. I had not one slice but 2 of this incredible meaty terrine. The apple chutney was also a welcome addition. I had to control myself – we still had 2 more courses to go.
As the mains came over I couldn’t believe the portions. As much as I love the minimalistic approach, I also enjoy that full content feeling after a meal. Eastway has managed to capture both, the plates looked and smelt divine.
My grilled mackerel was impeccably cooked and seasoned. It had a slight smoked taste which complemented the subtle fish. The samphire mash was a great colour and lovely smooth consistency. I didn’t realise it came with tiny salty mussels which finished the dish perfectly.
Mike without hesitation went for the pan-roasted duck which sounded incredible. He wasn’t disappointed. The pink moist duck on a caramelized carrot purée tasted an absolute dream. The dotted fig jus around the plate added an intense flavour as well as being aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Thank me for the close up picture later.
We accompanied our mains with a delicious glass of mellow Merlot.
Our pudding course came after a much needed breather. Mike looked as happy as a kid in a sweet shop with his sundae tower. Salted caramel ice cream was towered high with toffee popcorn and garnished with toasted marshmallows. Fun looking and fantastic tasting.
I can’t resist a crème brûlée especially when flavoured. This one was Earl Grey with an added indulgence- lemon shortbread and honeycomb pieces. I’d died and gone to dessert heaven.
We had a fantastic evening dining at Eastway. Unlike many more pretentious brasseries, Eastway has effortless style with impeccable, friendly service. What struck me most was the no nonsense, fresh dishes, beautifully presented. The LRF menu was fantastic value, although now I know about this little gem I will be heading back for the à la carte and cocktails any day of the week.
40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN