Viajante just makes me wish I lived in London so I could go there more often! I visited with a friend a while ago and me had the most amazing lunch it now makes it difficult to go anywhere else without comparing all the time. From the minute we arrived we had a great time and really enjoyed our afternoon there.
We initially planned to do a small tasting in the restaurant and follow this with a tasting in the bar with some of their delicious cocktails. As this was not possible we were instead offered the 9 course lunch menu and I have to say we weren't at all disappointed! From start to finish the meal just got better with each dish. Each dish we tried we declared the best we had tasted... until they brought out the next one and we were back to being wowed!
We had a great view of the open kitchen as we were sat right at the front of the restaurant so could see all the chefs at work. Each dish, being so expertly prepared right in front of our eyes before being presented to us by one of the waiters and some even by the chefs which was a nice touch.
Without listing everything we ate... a few standouts were the bread with the homemade butter, especially the smoked butter which was delicious, the crab croquettes, baby potato with yeast puree (so ridiculously good I had no shame in scraping every last bit of the puree off the plate!), the mackerel with lettuce & cherries, the iberico pork with cereals and last but not least the inspired desserts of picked and raw cucumber, lemon granite & black pepper (the perfect palate cleanser, so refreshing) and the beetroot sorbet with dark chocolate & creme fraiche (such a brilliant combination I keep coming back to it in my own desserts).
Lastly... the cep & white chocolate truffles (wow)
Also, we thought it was a great value experience, even with 9 courses including wine with each it wasn't extortionally expensive and really for the quality of food and service, was actually exceptionally good value
We were also really lucky to get a chance to speak with the chef Nuno Mendes and even get a tour of the kitchen. It was great to meet a chef with such immense talent but still so warm, friendly and humble. Together with his team, they really do provide an amazing dining experience and I can imagine they get a lot of repeat guests because of this
When I return to the UK to visit in a few months, this will definately be first on my list of restaurants to visit as I can imagine that since my last visit they have just gotten even better. I can't wait to see what they are offering.
The bar is also a must visit, they have a great selection of cocktails and a really nice atmosphere in the bar so you can relax and enjoy a few drinks after your meal. Perfect!
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