I’ve often mentioned on my blog that I’m not a big meat eater, I’m more of a salmon or SushiSpoon than a SteakSpoon. But when I was invited to a steak testing at one of my bucket list restaurants with the opportunity for a kitchen tour and the chance to meet the chef, I couldn’t say no despite my lack of carnivorous preferences.
Today I would be ticking Holborn Dining Room off my bucket list….
The beautiful modern brasserie is located in the uber glamorous Rosewood Hotel, a venue that is worth a visit alone!
Our large group gathered on the long table and wine was poured in anticipation of the pending feast.
We were served an appetising array of starters to share including lobster thermidor tart, Cornish diver scallops with cured bacon, white pudding and truffle scotch egg, devilled lambs kidneys and salted baked beetroot with goats curd. Everything was just perfect, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t get a picture of the beetroot, as that was my favourite.
At the helm of the kitchen is Chef Calum Franklin who has worked at many renowned restaurants such as the Ivy, Indigo at One Aldwych and as the Senior Sous Chef at Roast in Borough Market. The chef had headed down south to select the steak for tonight as part of The Cornwall Project, a collaboration between Cornish suppliers and London chefs…
Next came the star of the night….
….Chef Calum had selected a 50 days aged Dexter sirloin for us to try out that night.
Now firstly let me explain myself… I’m not a pescatarian but as I love fish so much I very rarely order meat in a restaurant. However, I regularly sample Mr S’s food so that I can comment on it for my blog, so I’m hardly meat free! Having said that I was worried that the steak would be wasted on me…But actually I think Chef Calum may have converted me, the meat just melted in my mouth it was so perfectly sourced and cooked!
Also on the table were perhaps every different type of potato imaginable: fries, roasties, mash plus a bowls of parsnips.
And finally, rather generously, Chef tested out his new dessert menu on us including from top to bottom:
Bread and butter pudding
Bramley apple crumble (my all time fave)
Yorkshire Rhubarb jelly with gingerbread ice cream (rhubarb fans at one end of the table hogged this one)
Holborn Blackforest coupe
Warm chocolate poached pear.
Then, the man himself was kind enough to come out and pose for a picture with me before giving us all a tour of the kitchen!
Admittedly, fish is still my firm favourite, but it was amazing to try the incredible quality of meat cooked to perfection by Chef Calum. Thank you for having me, I certainly hope to come back for more!Holburn Dining Room
The Rosewood Hotel
252 High Holburn
WC1 7EN020 3747 8633Our food at Holborn Dining Room was complimentary