London Restaurant Festival is back in town this month and to put it bluntly, I’m excited. If you are unfamiliar with the concept it means you get to eat at top quality establishments at a great value price. This was a perfect excuse to hotfoot it over to M Victoria Street and banish my Monday blues with their fabulous LRF menu. You get 4 courses for £36.50, oh and the best part, free-flowing prosecco throughout your meal. This seemed too good to be true so we had to check it out.
After a fancy cocktail in the bar area we were led down a narrow corridor which opened up to the rather impressive dining room. It felt slick, trendy and elegant rolled into one.
Andre the manager seated us in a grand booth and mentioned that the offer had been a huge success so far and with my glass instantly topped up I was beginning to see why.
Mike went for the buttermilk fried chicken to start. The super crispy skin was amazing and the meat inside was so juicy. It came with a fiery hot sauce on the side to spice things up and a mellow creamy bread emulsion to cool things down. I picked away at his crunchy pickles while simultaneously sipping my bubbles.
My starter came in sausage form, a Boerewors sausage to be exact. Hailing from South Africa, coarsely minced beef was packed into this small but mighty banger. Full of flavour, it lay on a bed of spicy beans and tomato with a drizzle of chive oil. Truly scrumptious.
It was a surprise to see a rump steak on the set menu, much to Mike’s delight. He had it cooked perfectly medium rare. It was the plumpest, juiciest-looking piece of meat I’d seen in a while. It sliced like a dream, exposing the pink centre. I’m glad I stole a bite or 2 as it tasted divine.
I had the guinea fowl with red cabbage and apple – it reminded me a little of Christmas, which is no bad thing with it being just around the corner. The succulent meat lay on a slice of black pudding like none I’d ever tasted. The presentation was beautiful; I fear the picture doesn’t do the dish justice. The mix of flavours went perfectly together. We shared double-cooked fries, just how I like them with some skin still left on, making them crispier. We also tucked into some hot seasonal greens.
M Restaurant had thrown us a few interesting curve balls and the dessert was no exception. We were both presented with a dulce mousse with bacon and sweetcorn ice cream, it sounded different so we were intrigued to taste it. It was actually really creamy with subtle hints of sweetcorn. A lovely light, refreshing dessert.
We finished our delicious meal with an espresso martini with a caramel twist. This was taking coffee to a whole new level; it was sweet and sharp and went down far too easily.
The whole evening was seamless, from checking our coat to never having a dry glass. The friendly yet professional service was second to none making us feel relaxed throughout. We were really impressed with the menu selection and the dishes were faultless.
On Mondays you can choose from a grand selection of premium wines in their shop upstairs and have it corked in the restaurant for free. If the free-flowing prosecco doesn’t entice me back this certainly will.
M Victoria Street
M Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria St, London, SW1E 6SQ