Axis at One Aldwych
Restaurant in London
Modern British Cuisine
Axis at One Aldwych always manages to conjure up some fabulously tasty and innovative dishes at this fun luxury restaurant in the depths of One Aldwych.
Following on from their wonderful Royal Wedding menu last summer, which I loved, new Executive Chef Dominic Teague launched an exciting new menu last autumn to celebrate the best of the British Isles.
On arrival we were warmly welcomed and shown to our cosy table in the corner overlooking the rest of the restaurant, where we were offered a cocktail and presented with the menu. As we were planning on having some wine with the meal, we declined but opted for a bottle of water which arrived with some delicious bread and wonderful tasting dip beautifully presented in a shiny mini copper saucepan.
One of the things I like about Axis is that the menu is always clear uncluttered and offers a good selection to suit most tastes. And being close to Theatre land, Axis also offers a really good value pre-theatre fixed price two or three-course menu.
Out of the eight starters I chose the smoked salmon and Cornish crab with citrus crème fraîche whilst my dining partner selected the pressed terrine if Lincolnshire rabbit with cauliflower and pickled girolles. Both were delicious! Their signature starter is Tartare of mackerel with watercress and warm shellfish vinaigrette. For our main course I chose the Highland venison loin rolled in mustard and soft herbs whilst my guest went for the pan fried sea bass with parsnip, marsh samphire and lemon confit. The braised Suffolk pork collar is one of their signature mains as is the sea bass.
I should just add at this point that we opted to pair each course with a different glass of wine as Axis has such a good wine cellar. The wine advice we received was first rate and we tried some beautiful wines including a 2008 Tamaya Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, a 2011 Chablis Domaine d’Elise, a 2010 Christina Ascheri from Piermonte in Italy and finally a wonderful full bodied 2007 Spanish Huellas, perfect for my venison. The list is extensive and diverse with wines from Italy, Spain, Chile, France, California, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany and Portugal.
We had to try one of their very tempting desserts and shared the Chocolate, caramelized banana and hazelnuts with a scoop of ice cream. Other temptations included a thin apple tart, blackberry soufflé with vanilla ice cream and a selection of 16 British and French cheeses from La Fromagerie served with plum chutney and walnut and raisin bread.
Another great way to experience Axis at One Aldwych is to go to one of their Martini Movie dinners on a Friday or Saturday evening. If you are a bit of a film buff, enjoy a Martini cocktail followed by a private screening in their fabulous screening room (with quite the most comfortable leather chairs) and then a three-course dinner in Axis.
The service was as always impeccable, offering unobtrusive but good advice. Unobtrusive is also the best way to describe the chilled-out background music. Each course was presented in a most professional way and its ingredients explained, adding to the whole experience. My guest said she could not fault the food (and she usually does), so there you have it. I am very much looking forward to my next visit!
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Advisable|
|Dietary Requirements Accommodated||Yes|
|Clientele||Pre and post Theatre goers, locals and visitors|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Romance, Doing business, Meeting up with friends|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Dining Options||Lunch, Dinner|
Modern, stylish, cosy and relaxed with a sense of space yet also quite intimate. It’s the place to go if you want to impress.
Pre-Fixe two-course menu: £18.75; three-course: £21.75. À La Carte: Starters from £7; Mains from £15; Desserts from £7. Champagne starts from £9.50 a glass. Wine starts from £7 a glass, £23 a bottle.
Last updated on 06-03-2013