Mayfair can be a worrying place to have a meal as the prices tend to be aimed at the larger wallet. However, many of the fine dining venues offer a set lunch which is affordable and allows us ordinary folk to mix with those who have no concerns about a heart stopping bill at the end of a meal.
Corrigan’s has a good looking exterior on a very smart street just in sight of Hyde Park. The friendly staff welcomed us and no sooner had I sat down before Richard Corrigan himself walked past into the kitchen, so we felt assured of a good meal.
The starter of ‘Rooftop salmon tartare, oyster mayonnaise and pomegrante was light, flavoursome and very pretty.
A second starter was the ‘Ribble Valley duck croquette with glazed plum’, the fruit giving the duck a clean taste in contrast with the rich but light duck.
I was in the mood for meat so went for the ‘Confit Middlewhite pork belly, kale and apple sauce’. For my palate the kale was a little sharp but the pork was soft and tasty with some crispy crackling but not the sort that takes your teeth with it!
My dining companions preferred a fish main course and chose the ‘Cornish seafood grill with rouille’ which had a good range of fish, full of flavour and perfectly cooked with a light green salad.
Luckily we had saved a small space in order to check out a couple of the puddings which we ordered for the table. The ‘Chocolate cheesecake, chantilly cream’ managed to silence one of our group, always a sign that the chocolate has hit the spot.
The ‘Fine apple tart’ was unexpected visually as we thought a flat classic French tart was coming but this version was full of good apple and the tart was light and flaky.
A final treat was a baking dish straight out of the oven to accompany our coffees with the freshest Madeleines I’ve had the pleasure of tasting for a long time.
Our bill was modest given the surroundings and the quality of the food as their Seasonal Lunch Menu is £25 for 2 courses and £29 for 3 courses. Drinks were expensive but we were not looking for more than a glass each as it was lunchtime.
I highly recommend this restaurant although I cannot guarantee Richard Corrigan will be overseeing your meal!
For more information about the restaurant click here to their website.
Full disclosure: I booked this restaurant myself and we all paid for our own meals. This was not a press trip but just a great lunch out with friends!
Bye for now,