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Last week we headed over to the Lancaster London Hotel, home to a fantastic restaurant, Island Grill.

Island grill offers fresh, seasonal food, much of which has been locally sourced. Just a 10 minute walk from Paddington Station, and located directly next to Hyde Park, Island grill is easy to find and easy to reach – it’s also a great place to eat if you want to head out for a night in London.

On arrival we were promptly greeted and taken to our table (close to the bar, hurrah!). We were sat next to one of their floor to ceiling windows, looking out onto Bayswater Road, I love people watching so this was ideal for me.

Having looked through the extensive drinks menu, we decided on cocktails, it was a special occasion after all. I chose the Pina Colada and it was a Mai Tai for Alex. The drinks were delicious, full of fruity flavour, and had I shut my eyes I could have definitely imagined I was somewhere a little more tropical!

Next was the food…

This was a sharing menu, which worked great for us, it meant we could try all sorts of new dishes. As a fussy eater, I was a little apprehensive, but I tried everything (even the fish!) and was blown away. Starters included Lancaster London Smoked Salmon, Crispy Gressingham Duck Salad (my favourite), and Warm Golden Cross Goats Cheese with Walnut & Endive Salad (pictured).

Next came the mains..

Extremely delicious, fresh, and full of flavour is the best way of describing the next four dishes. We enjoyed Pan-Fried Seabream with Potato Gnocchi, tomato confit, and Watercress & Keta Salad (pictured). Now as I hinted earlier, I am not usually a fan of fish, in fact, I haven’t eaten fish since I was about 10 years old, however I tried the sea bream (that’s a big deal for me!) and was completely surprised that I actually liked it, it was a great texture and was not overpowering like some fish can be. Next we tried the roast Fillet of Suffolk Pork, served with braised red cabbage, celeriac puree, wilted spinach, and crackling – one word, divine! The pork was mouthwateringly succulent, cooked just right, and the sides complimented the dish perfectly.

We also tried the Roasted Fig, Pine Nut and Cherrywood-Smoked Cheese Tart, with radicchio and caramelised shallots – a perfect finish to our mains.

Our waitress kindly let us wait for the desserts, so our mains could go down, we could soak up the atmosphere, and of course finish our cocktails!

The desserts were presented beautifully, as you can see below, perfect for a romantic meal for two. Whether you are on a first date, second date, or if you have been married thirty years, these puddings were a fabulous addition to a wonderful meal.

The Strawberry Panna Cotta was shaped into cute little hearts, alongside a fresh berry compote, black pepper tuille, and candid rose petals. The Raspberry Sorbet meant we could cleanse our pallet between trying each component of the dish, really adding to the flavours of the Dark Chocolate Fondant, and to really finish the meal… a full cheeseboard complete with crackers and grapes!

If you want to treat your partner to something special this February and you have run dry of ideas, this is a great opportunity to surprise and delight!

Tables can be booked via the Island Grill website – http://www.islandrestaurant.co.uk/

We hope you enjoy!

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