Alphabet dating continued last night and it was Neils turn to pick the ‘C’ date. I was told to dress smart/casual and we headed to London. A short walk from Oxford street and we arrived at Canvas by Michael Riemenschmeider. It is a newly opened restaurant (January this year), which has already received rave reviews for the excellent food and interesting take on a tasting menu. The idea is you can pick your own tasting menu, the number of courses and the dishes. We went for the 7 course menu for £70 per person. You are spoilt for choice with the menu, so it took us a while to decide but in the end we went for the following dishes (Apologies for the picture quality – or lack of it!).
Amuse Bouche – Cheese muffin with smoked bacon and warm brussel sprout soup with parmesan foam.
The muffin was amazing! (I am going to try and make similar myself) and the brussel sprout soup tasted better than it sounds!
Scallop with cucumber – Horseradish & Yogurt – radish
I have never tried raw scallops before so I was a little concerned I would find them overpowering when they came out cold. I thought they tasted lovely though and worked well with the pickled cucumber and horseradish.
Langoustine with pearl barley, veal and jus crustace.
This was my favourite dish. The pearl barley with veal had an amazing earthy flavour, which complemented the langoustine perfectly. The picture does it not justice at all it was incredible!
Cod with lentils, pancetta and spatzle.
This was a contender for Neils favourite dish! The cod was great and the lentils and bacon complemented it with a subtle salty taste.
Pork hock and belly with apple and cider.
Although this was maybe the least attractive of the dishes (the belly does look a bit like a fish finger) it was by no means the least tasty. The pork was tender and very flavoursome.
Beef with carrots and pomme puree.
Top quality ingredients prepared to perfection.
Pre dessert – mandarin and red pepper mousse.
This is the only part of the menu that didn’t work for me. The slightly bitter red pepper mousse totally overpowered the mandarin mousse, which was a lot more pleasant to taste.
Lemon with caramel, cream and olive oil.
Light, fresh and gorgeous.
Chocolate 7 ways with pineapple and coconut.
I loved this but Neil found it a bit rich. Definitely one for the more hardcore chocolate fans!
I would definitely recommend this restaurant! The food was excellent and the portions were a perfect size so you could enjoy the full menu. There is a nice cosy ambience and the staff are friendly and attentive. I will definitely be visiting again!
Canvas gets 4 Fletchie stars ****