One Twenty One Two

Restaurant in London

Continental Cuisine

We were really pleasantly surprised and impressed with this still relatively new restaurant.

The ambience, quality of food and service are excellent and we had a thoroughly enjoyable long Saturday dinner in One Twenty One Two (the name originates from the old Police telephone number) and in the summer months they open up the Terrace for al fresco dining.

The restaurant was full when we arrived, with not a free table, which is always a good sign.  The menu is well laid out and not overly fussy with 8 starters and 8 main courses to choose from.  We were treated to a most tasty Crab Bisque to start with before moving on to the excellent South Coast Diver Scallops in a lemon curd and spring purée and very the succulent Pork Belly and crackling with a delicious apple purée caviar.  That was accompanied with a fabulous glass of 2009 Meursault Domaine Michelot from Burgundy (£16.50).  Other choices included Smoked Haddock and Saffron Chowder, Smoked Goosnargh Duck and Roast Quail we well as a Golden Beetroot, Sussex Goats Cheese and Hazelnut Tart.

So on to the main course.  I chose the Pan-roasted Cotswold Rump of Lamb with truffle potatoes, olives and sauce Paloise whilst my dinner guest had the perfectly cooked Wellington of Casterbridge Beef.  There were also three fish dishes including Welsh Sea Bass, South Coast Dover Sole and a three fish medley as well as a Terrine and Spinach Ricotta and Piquillo Pepper Cannelloni for the non-meat and fish eaters.  We also had a healthy side order of fresh broccoli and almonds.  We accompanied our main course with a very smooth 2009 Rosso di Montalcino (£9).

By the time it came to the desserts we were pretty full so we opted to share ‘The Churchill’, a spiced Canterbury Crème Brûlée, pear bourbon compote with tobacco infused Jivara Chocolate Cigar - how wonderfully original and delicious - you really could taste the smoked tobacco.  Incidentally all the desserts can be paired with a cocktail.  Some of the other choices included a Caramalised Banana Tarte Tartin and Autumn Apple Compote with Calvados custard.

I tend to prefer to pair my wines to what I am eating these days and it’s always a good way to test a restaurant’s wine list.  I have to say we were most impressed with Head Sommelier Miguel’s advice.  The restaurant has some 242 wines as well as Champagnes bringing the total to just over 300.  The comprehensive list includes white wines from the Loire Valley, Alsace, Bordeaux, Rhône Valley, Italy, Germany, Austria, England (Lamberhurst, Kent), USA, South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  The reds are from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Italy, Spain (4 Riojas), USA, South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

All in all a delightful evening and a nice touch was Chef Ryan Matteson coming out to say hello to the guests.

Opening hours.  Monday to Friday: Breakfast from 6am to 10am; Weekends 7am to 11am.  Lunch from12noon to 2pm Daily. Dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm 7 days a week.

Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine Modern European
Need to book Yes
Clientele Mix of locals & hotel guests
Restaurant good for Families with children , Romance , Entertaining clients , Meeting up with friends, Outdoor seating
Dress Code Smart Casual
Dining Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

Understated elegant, warm and friendly restaurant that doesn’t need to shout about what it is. With its white table cloths and unobtrusive background music, we enjoyed the nice buzz and happy and contented diners enjoying the friendly and attentive service.

Additional Price Comments

Dinner Prix Fixe: 2 courses: £33; 3 courses: £39. Lunch Prix Fixe: 2 courses: £15; 3 courses: £19. Wine starts from £9 a glass; £20 a half bottle; £26 a bottle.

Last updated on 23-05-2012

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