Our family has been dining at Grill on the Corner for a number of years now, making it a firm family favourite. It had been a while since we last visited, so we decided we were long overdue for a visit. When we arrived, the restaurant was buzzing and packed with diners.
While there was background music playing as diners tucked into their meals, it was unnecessary given the diners' incessant chatter, which filled the room. Despite welcoming families as well as adult only diners, the only children in the place were ours, which they were well chuffed about.
The location is as the name suggests, a corner site. The sleek, stylish restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows adorned with fairy lights, which create a welcoming atmosphere.
The restaurant's mission is to serve no-nonsense food, focused on wholesome ingredients. The dishes on the menu are primarily locally sourced and are a mix of traditional and modern dishes alongside a few classics.
Unable to decide which starter we wanted, we opted for the Blackhouse Sharing Plate, a selection of crispy salt and pepper calamari, spiced chicken skewers, BBQ pulled pork bon-bons and sweet potato wedges. For good measure, we also ordered a prawn and avocado salad and a side of DIY garlic bread.
The DIY Garlic bread proved a big hit with everyone. The warm grilled bread was served in a little wooden box with fresh garlic and a little dish of oil, so you could make your own garlic bread to your liking.
The crispy calamari served with lemon mayonnaise, was great, although the children were a bit surprised that they came served with tails, but despite their initial reservations, they enjoyed them!
The restaurant has a reputation for fine seafood and excellent steak, so I went with the grilled lobster and my husband had the 28-day aged steak. The rose red lobster was perfectly grilled, and had tender flesh and a divine flavour, enhanced by garlic butter. It was so delicious I was loathe to share it with the others - family or otherwise.
The traditionally reared steak was tender and flavoursome. Every month the menu offers a different breed of cattle sourced from the finest British farms to ensure the highest quality meat and impeccable flavour.
The children both ordered the award-winning chicken burger, topped with smoked bacon and cheddar and served with home-cut chips. The mains were all hearty portions, so there was no need for us to order additional sides.
My husband and I normally love indulging in dessert, but we were so stuffed from our fabulous starters and mains, we didn't have room. The children, had no such problem and refused to leave without having their favourite dessert - sticky toffee pudding. Be warned, it is a big portion, which was great because it meant we we were all able to have a try!
The service is outstanding and the staff make you feel welcome. The restaurant will soon be getting refurbished and it will also be launching a new menu, so we'll need to pay it another visit later this summer to check out all the new changes.
The Grill on the Corner
21-25 Bothwell Street
*Images courtesy of The Grill on the Corner
Inamo, Camden, London
With the smorgasbord that is Camden Lock market, you'd be forgiven for thinking NW1 was saturated for good food, but there's one restaurant you need on your radar.
Asian restaurant Inamo has migrated north and added a new location at Mornington Crescent to its portfolio already including Soho and Covent Garden. Influenced by the flavours and dishes of Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and beyond, the food is great, but that isn't the best part of it...
The chain is passionate about creating a point of difference delivering an experience for the diner that brings a sense of fun to add to the flavour, and so with the help of sister company Ordamo, they were the first to launch an interactive ordering system.
Trust me, it's fun. Through an overhead projector, diners can set the table ambience by changing the background, see an illustrated food and drink menu on the table, check out what's going on in the kitchen via Chef Cam and play games while they wait. Not just for kids - we were a bit gutted that our food arrived so quickly, to be honest.
About the food; it's tough to choose - it was all delicious. Fresh, sharp flavour pairings, seriously moreish sauces - your eyes WILL be bigger than your stomach.
Though the extensive sushi offering looked pretty divine, we went for a selection of Asian tapas. The chicken satay was succulent and juicy, with a fantastically fresh peanut sauce (sounds obvious but I've tried some really bad ones that tasted like they came from a can). We tried the beef tataki on the waitress' recommendation, a classic Japanese dish of rare British rib-eye steeped in ginger and ponzu sauce - so melt-in-the-mouth delicious we easily could have devoured two!
The pork Char Sui Buns were perfectly fluffy, while the sticky Korean Chicken Wings in a tangy sauce came sprinkled with dessicated coconut - a tasty touch that added an extra layer of flavour. I'm a big fan of the Chicken Karaage, marinated in ginger, garlic, soy fried & served with teriyaki. In fact, the only thing that didn't work for me was the Baby Crispy Seaweed, baby tiger prawns and squids in Japanese tempura that had a little too much batter and not much flavour.
Make sure you hit up the cocktail list as well; I can heartily recommend the Lychee Martini - Absolut vodka shaken with fresh lime juice, lychee liqueur & juice.
There's also a rather lovely looking terrace to enjoy on a lovely summer's day.
For delicious, fuss-free Asian cuisine, Inamo's the one.
Food and drink: ★★★★★
Staff attentiveness/friendliness: ★★★★★
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