This week I had that warm, joyful Friday feeling. On a Thursday [yep it’s a real anti-climax]. So I thought, ‘well, why wait until Friday?’ the beauty of living in London is that the city never sleeps and if you walk into any establishment on a weekday, it won’t take long to realise there’s no such thing as a ‘school night’ around here. However, sensible Susie, mindful of the fact that I had work the next day, booked a 6:45pm table to make sure I had plenty of time to enjoy myself without missing my monotonous, dull 10 o clock ‘cleanse and get in my pyjamas’ routine.
The reserved table was at a newly refurbished restaurant named Quaglino’s. A real hidden gem situated in Mayfair just around the corner of The Ritz. Don’t be fooled by the understated appearance on the outside; the interior has a genuine ‘wow factor’ and screams style and glamour in every way. It was far from empty and quiet at 6:45pm, the restaurant had a great aura about it with a great atmosphere full of movers and shakers and the music and lighting set the perfect ambiance that’s charming enough to save an awkward date. Lucky for me I was in the company of James and after 5 years and countless dates we’ve somehow mastered it and managed to get past that ‘awkward date’ phase.
I had the Cauliflower veloute truffle to start
and each mouthful was heaven. We both had the chicken supreme, sauteed chestnut mushrooms and truffle vinaigrette main which neither of us had difficulty polishing off. The highlight and most interesting part of the meal was the Moscato d’Asti Contero, Piemonte, Italy 2013 dessert wine which was all kinds of pleasant. By appearance and smell it looked like any other wine which sends your senses bewildered the moment you take a sip. Words won’t do it justice and I can only describe it as a powerful and fresh burst grapes and candy flavoured sherbet with an after taste of Turkish delight. The only thought that came to my mind was the ‘3 course meal bubblegum’ in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. That experience alone is worth giving Quaglino’s a visit.
So we finished our meal at 8:30pm, just in time to make it back for the 10 o clock ‘pajama and cleanse’ I had planned. Of course, that went out the window at around 8:32pm when a friendly hostess informed us that a performer would be singing from 9pm followed by a DJ until 01:00am. I’m a real home bird and I’m usually first to call it a night but they had made the surroundings so comfortable that I truly didn’t want to go anywhere. The place had such a good vibe that it felt like I’d be leaving a party early. So, we moved upstairs towards the stylish bar and got an even better view of the entire place, the restaurant is beautiful with a ‘Great Gatsby’ 1930’s feel and enough areas within the place to maneuver around and sit to keep you entertained all night, whether you’re looking for a quiet corner to chat or a private booth area to host a group party.
Unfortunately, we didn’t stay long enough for the DJ to come out and the tables to be pushed back to transform into a dance floor as my sensible side told me I had to be up for 6:30am the following day but we both agreed that we would come back with our friends and family to see the evening through until the end of the night.
If you are thinking of visiting for food and live entertainment they do have a late night set menu offer from 10pm onwards for 3 courses and a cocktail for £30 to take you into the late hours of the evening. Head to www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk/offers/late-night-set-menu for more information.
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