A. was lucky enough to win an Open Table voucher at a Christmas raffle and it has taken quite a while to decide how to splurge in a style to which we would very much like to become accustomed. The timing was great as we used the win to celebrate moving in together and we couldn’t think of a better cause for celebration. Or a better place to celebrate than Langan’s Brasserie!
Two Swells About Town
I suspect our lovely waiter had been at Langan’s since it first opened in 1976, and he was justly proud of his long service and the star-studded history of this glamorous, yet unpretentious and warmly welcoming restaurant. As you can tell, we loved it!
To the food! I started with field mushroom with bacon & Lancashire cheese – for a cheese lover like me this was a real treat. Almost a cheese soup, but with the delicious mushrooms and bacon providing a counterpoint of texture. I hadn’t planned too carefully, but luckily I picked a main course that was on the lighter side, stuffed courgette with a blue goats cheese crust. I tried to convince myself that the courgette was doing me good, but of course it was really just an excuse for more cheese. Yum!
A. chose the San Danielle ham with mint infused melon which was beautifully presented and the perfect counterpoint to his succulent grilled calves liver with bacon. When it’s cooked to perfection, this is one of my favourites too and I tried not to be too envious.
The crowning glory was the pudding course: it was a difficult choice from a great menu but I plumped for Yorkshire rhubarb crumble and ginger ice cream – deliciously studded with stem ginger. A. had the winning dessert (not that we’re at all competitive) with the steamed ginger and lime pudding with custard. The smell was divine and A. said the lime cut through the ginger and made it sumptuous but not too heavy, although I think he would have struggled to move too quickly afterwards.
We had a chat about our visit, we hope you find it interesting and we’d love to know what you think so let us know by dropping us a note!
Yes, yes and yes again! It’s not a budget choice, and our dinner with two glasses of mid-range wine came in at around £135 (less the prize voucher, fortunately for us), but it is possible to get away with less particularly if you skip the starters which were a tad on the pricey side.
Loo Review (PMC Rating): ★★★★★ A well deserved perfect score for sparkling clean and pleasantly fragranced facilities. If only more restaurants could meet this standard!
Langan's Brasserie, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8LB Thursday, March 29 2018