Posh nosh at large brasserie near Trafalgar Square
What’s this restaurant like? Well, the first clue is in the address – The Grand Building, The Strand. I’m guessing you’re with me so far.
Our party of eight visited on Tuesday evening, a cold autumnal evening. Entering the brightly lit, brasserie-style rooms at ground level, we were taken down to the equally large and elegant basement restaurant and bar area where our booked table was waiting.
We each selected a main course and dessert from a set menu – three courses at £35 per head while starters and sides were served for the table to share. From the wine list, we chose a Le Paradou Viognier (dry white wine with subtle fruit and floral flavours) @ £27.00 a bottle.
Our shared starters included:
Roast beetroot + root vegetables
Octopus + charred pineapple with kalamansi (hybrid citrus fruit), chilli, Thai shallots and mint (Ceviche style with slightly pickled flavours)
Chilli + honey chicken skewers with baby leek, pickled cucumber, spring onion + sesame – so, so good
For main course, some in our party chose the fillet steak at a supplement of £10 (10 oz grass-fed rare-breed Black Angus with miso slaw and roast garlic) which looked great and was met with approval. But the exciting option had to be the edamame and kale pancake, it’s not something I’ve seen on a menu before. The smoked avocado and aubergine ratatouille had the lovely smoky flavours of baba ghanoush, and the pancake – despite sounding like a relatively healthy option – was spongy and dense, and really filling (which seemed appropriate on a cold, autumnal night).
Edamame + kale pancake with smoked avocado + aubergine ratatouille, sheep’s milk yogurt + harissa:
Spongy pancake texture – dense and filling, befitting a cold autumnal evening
Our shared sides included:
- Skinny fries with nori + rosemary salt
- Tenderstem broccoli
- Black sesame tahini + truffle
- Miso slaw
- Shiso, spring onion, red onion + sweetheart cabbage
Dessert choices included:
- Limoncello cheesecake with pomelo grapefruit salad + yuzu sorbet
- Summer berry pavlova – strawberry coulis
- Sorbet / ice cream – three scoops of your choice
Limoncello cheesecake + yuzu sorbet
Three scoops of ice cream including green tea
Summer berry pavlova – strawberry coulis – slightly sickly but it didn’t go to waste…
The verdict: If you’re not counting the pennies and want something that’s not mainstream, this is reasonably priced given the interesting, unusual menu items and quality food. Nice and spacious, it’s an easy space in which to feel comfortable and relax.
– Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
– Type: International
– Address: Grand Buildings, 1-3 The Strand, London
– Postcode: WC2N 5EJ
– Nearest station: Charing Cross
– Website + menus: Bronte website
– Photos on flickr: Bronte photos
– Location: Bronte map
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