"Ooh Holborn Dining Rooms has a new sister restaurant, we should go!"
So I may have got that utterly wrong and in fact the two are no way related, which while at the time may have caused a few blushes it actually lead me to find a little treat of a place.
Literally opposite Trafalgar square, this is a rather up scale looking British Brasserie. Imagine walking into the set of maybe a 40's movie set bar. It's rather old school glam.
Yet, the atmosphere is buzzy and friendly; somewhere to grab a drink with friends and share some bar snacks.
Yet we decided to have a post theatre dinner this time. It was Dan's Birthday back in July and I'd bought Book of Mormon tickets, yet as good seats are like gold dust we had to wait till now. I thought it was bloody brilliant, and I'd challenge anyone not to sing the 'Hello' song afterwards for days. Yes, much to the annoyance of colleagues/ flatmates/ shop assistants.
Dan started with the soup of the day which was local seasonal root vegetables, which he said was one of the best he'd had in a good while.
Now while mine doesn't look exactly picture pretty, don't judge yet. Also when I tell you what it is, just hold judgement a little more.
.... I'll let that sink in....
Now when I visited Taco Wars earlier this year I had a pigs head taco which was bloody good, so I had to have it again. It's like pulled pork in texture, but much richer. Yet it is one of the most flavoursome cuts of pork I've had. Just trust me on this one.
The service is extremely quick and efficient, an before we'd finished our debate of South Park vs Book of Mormon, our mains had arrived.
I ordered the Rack and slow cooked shoulder of lamb with artichoke, broad bean and cherry tomato salad. The meat was delicious and was incredible tender, however the sauce was a little rich for me, and did over power slightly. Yet overall, it was a great flavoursome dish.
Yet it was this that stole the show. A rib eye steak with red wine sauce. Just look at the freakin' size of it! In the words of Dan- "I thought I'd gone to an English Brasserie, and yet I feel like I'm in America.
I'm told of good authority that it was again, one of the best steaks he's had, and that the red wine sauce was the business.
Upstairs they have a open pastry kitchen where, you guess it, anything pastry related gets cooked. Having ordered desert we had a sneak peak at our puddings getting plate worthy.
And boy were they.
A oozing chocolate fondant pudding for him
And look he even got out of his chair to take this aerial shot me for me.
And a thick, sticky treacle tart which I thoroughly approved of.
And Dan approved of it so much, he even made a rare instagram of it. Now that's a seal of approval!