Saturday, 17 June 2017

New set menu at Malmaison

Malmaison is a stylish hotel in the Mailbox with its own bar and restaurant. Unlike many hotel bars, the Mal gets rather busy. Perhaps the non-hotel lobby atmosphere and decent drinks helps!

I met some fellow bloggers in the bar on a sunny Thursday evening and it was full of post-work drinkers. We tried some drinks from the new summer specials. The Rhubarb and Basil Gimlet (gin, rhubarb liqueur, lime, cranberry bitters and basil £9) was popular with the others.

I chose the Spring Fizz (£12.50, more expensive than the others) which was peach liqueur, Aperol, grapefruit, sugar syrup and prosecco. I was sold on the Aperol: my favourite summer taste. This was a fun, fruity twist on an Aperol Spritz but somewhat more expensive.

On into the bisto area where we picked out meals from the set menu. Now, sometimes the set menu can be disappointing and lacking in options. Not here. I struggled to choose as everything sounded so delicious. It's two courses for £19.95 or three for £24.95 which isn't the cheapest in the city but is great quality. So, is it worth it?

There was fabulous bread, oil and olives to start. I just love those glorious big, buttery olives. Don't let anyone tell you they don't like olives until they've tried Nocellara olives.

For my main I couldn't resist the call of Fresh Burrata: beautiful, fresh, creamy mozzarella with heritage tomatoes and a herb puree. This was just as light and summery as I'd hoped.

For my main I chose Pan Fried River Trout because I am turning into my mother and always choose fish. The fish was very well cooked and trout is something a bit different to the standard sea bass, as much as I love it. This was served with a pea and broad bean puree, which had sadly split as it had been sitting under the lamp for a while.

More cheese for dessert. I love a cheeseboard but often they are designed to be shared and that's not always possible. So I was super happy to see an individual cheese board available on the set menu. Three decent chunks of cheese came with a variety of crackers, quince jelly and fig chutney. A nice little bite to finish my meal.

I had a lovely evening at Malmaison, the food was splendid and there were so many other meals I could have chosen off the menu.


Photos by Helen.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

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