|Picked pear, poacher, pennywort|
My second visit back to Native at Covent Garden, a tiny restaurant specialised in using wild ingredients as much as possible, turning out some very exciting modern British cuisine with a light creative touch. My reason for returning? Simple, the cooking standard is high, the quality of ingredients are great and the hospitality is outstanding. Not to mention, the price is seriously fantastic value for money. This time around, I booked in at its chef table, over looking the kitchen as the chefs cook and serve up our dishes, similar to Kitchen Table inside Bubbledogs.
|Rabbit dumplings, smoked pig cheek dashi|
|Hake, split pea dahl, pakora|
|Savoy cabbage, miso butter|
The menu was more or less similar to last time, the rabbit dumplings were finely seasoned, the intense flavours of the broth combined wonderfully with the smoked pig cheek, it was a serious grown-up plate of food. Once again I had the hake dish, the fish was cooked to the perfect level with plenty of moisture. The crispy cauliflower leaf pakora acted as a great contrast in texture whilst the split pea dahl offered a mild spiciness and creaminess to the overall finishing touch. Venison loin steak was the star dish on the night, the meat contained a beautiful rich and elegant gamey flavour without being overly challenging to the palate. It was tender in texture and powerful in taste, this is what a high quality game dish is all about.
|Jack the master|
|Venison loin, cauliflower and onion|
|Rhubarb and custard|
What I paid:
£28 per head
Average cost without drinks and services:
3 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP