You may remember last month, we were invited to the launch night of Hawkers Bar and Brasserie in Kingston-upon-Thames, you can read the post here. After the event I was contacted and asked if I would like to review their restaurant and main menu, how could I refuse, so Monday night myself and my Husband headed into Kingston for what hoped to be a lovely night out.
On our arrival we were warmly greeted and shown to our table, were we were given the drinks menu to choose a cocktail, you can see the cocktail menu here
I chose the French Martini and my husband chose Espresso Martini
Whilst sipping our cocktails, we chose sat chatting and deciding what we were going to order, you can see the menu here .
I chose the Smooth & light chicken liver parfait with Seasonal chutney, toasted brioche, and my husband chose the Pan fried scallops with Air dried Spanish Chorizo, pea purée.
My husband rarely chooses scallops when out, as he knows that they can be ruined easily, but he had no complaints and said these were delicious. My starter was gorgeous and tasted amazing.
Next came the main courses, I chose the Slow cooked, rib of beef with Smoked garlic mash, pak-choi, Tempranillo red wine sauce, and my husband chose Rib eye steak 225g which is served with triple cooked or skinny fries, Portobello mushroom, sherry vinegar infused tomato. This would be the ultimate test of the restaurant, as my husband is very fussy with his steak and will only eat it out at certain restaurants in London.
The food from presentation to being cooked to perfection and taste was amazing, my husband was very happy with his steak, and even happier that there is a restaurant in our home town where he can now order a steak where the chef knows just how to cook it. I also have to add that the triple cooked fries were amazing.
After our mains we were offered another drink, and we chose to duplicate our cocktails that we had tried earlier, and chose our desserts.
I chose blackberry cheesecake with raspberry sorbet and my husband chose chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream.
I was torn between the chocolate fondant or another dessert, but I do love my cheesecake, and this was heaven on a plate, my husband loved his chocolate fondant and said that the chef certainly knows how to cook.
On speaking with the Manager, we found out that they are soon going to be introducing Saturday brunches with prosecco and sunday roasts, and from how the conversation went, these are going to be amazing.
My overall view on Hawkers Bar and Brasserie, is outstanding from the service and friendliness of the staff, not only with ourselves but with other diners, to the amazing quality of the food, I could honestly not find anything negative to say.
Kingston is a busy town, with a lot of restaurants and bars, but up until now has not had a restaurant of this quality, and for food of this quality you would need to head into London. We will definitely be back and will be trying out their brunches and Sunday roasts when they start offering them.
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