Tuesday evening had me walking through the ever so peaceful Eelbrook Common in the heart of Fulham. I slowly approached a restaurant on the corner, called Eelbrook. Eelbrook’s selection of food consists of British ingredients with European and North African influences. I’m sure you know by now that eating out is my favourite bodily exercise. Yes, eating out of cardio. Do you know how many times I raise my hand to put deliciousness on my tastebuds. If that’s not a workout. I don’t know what is.
I find the best way to eat out is to eat everything. Ok, not literally ordering everything on the menu, but tasting menus are a great way to try a little bit of everything. You can see how much I love tasting menus right?
Before I sat down and introduced myself I was greeted with a glass of white wine.
Following the wine, we were served Salt Cod Brandade, which was unexpectedly tasty. I expected it to be a little saltier for some reason, but it wasn’t.
By the time I had a few giggles with the girls, smoked eel on potato pancakes with horseradish cream was sitting in front of me. I’m not the biggest fan of horseradish to be honest with you, but it was a light flavoursome taste. The pancake… I have no words to describe it as scrumptious, doesn’t even begin to explain how good this was.
Shortly after, arrived a Venison Tarte. It was garnished with juniper berries, and a nice amount of burnt shallot sauce. It didn’t taste burnt, but I did expect it to be. I’m sure this shows I’m a novice when it comes to game, as it was my first time. I know juniper berries are used in flavouring gin and other spirits, so it was nice to taste what it’s like with cooked food.
Back to another fish dish, we were served Wild Scottish Salmon with a very light, summary vegetable pistou. It was tender and full of flavour.The skin was nicely crisped, making this dish absolutely divine.
I really wasn’t expecting anything like this as part of the tasting menu. This wasn’t tasting. This was feasting. The partridge had a layer of Guanciale on the top of it, but I was completely gutted because I forgot to mention that I don’t eat pork. I couldn’t let a whole partridge go to waste, so I literally ripped off the Guanciale and tucked in. I tried to be polite and eat with a knife and fork, but after a while I ended up giving in and eating with my hand. I really didn’t feel classy anymore, so although it look stunning, it was pretty difficult to eat. One of the reasons I love eating out is because you come across interesting foods and different ways to make it. Like the sweetcorn puree that accompanied the dish. It’s now my new fave. I have to try this out when I cook, as it was seriously tasty.
Just before the desserts were brought to the table the Chef. Brett came over and sat with us, chatting about his cooking techniques and the dishes he prepared. One thing that he explained is that to make the horseradish not taste so horseradish-y. He said, you’ll need plenty of creme fraiche and a good amount of lemon juice.
Since I’m a dessert kind of girl, I consumed a plum soup with icecream with hazelnuts. Lastly but not least we chomped down the cheese and rye bread. The wine that came with this was gorgoues! Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to mention what it is, as it’s being changed. I was snuck another a glass, to taste new exchanged wine, and that was even better. Again, I’m not allowed to share as it’s not confirmed yet.
Eelbrook is such a lovely, simply designed, and chilled atmosphere, to eat till your hearts content and sip on fine wine.
Eel Brook Common
New King’s Road