Intrigued by its high position on a famous (albeit not really gourmet, travel site, I felt it was about time we tried the Laughing Gravy. We’ve lived about 10 mins walk from it for the last 7 years and never given it any thought… until now.
On a very cold Saturday evening we made our way to cosy, rustic and a little bit vintage looking, restaurant. The front of the venue is the bar area with sofas and wooden tables, behind the dining area. It was pretty full but not too loud nor uncomfortably packed. Friendly welcomed, we took our seats at a table by the piano and scanned the menu.
The food proposed does have some interesting takes on classic dishes – I had read on the above mentioned travel site about their fish scotch egg so I ordered it, while @bmcboy opted for pate. The wine list is pretty good too, with bottles starting at a reasonable (for central London) £19. We indeed chose one of those, an Italian Trebbiano from Veneto which arrived nicely chilled.
I loved the Haddock and prawn scotch egg. With a runny yolk and crispy shell it was a tasty variation on the classic piece, and to me, a better one. The Chicken Liver pate came in a large portion with plenty of crisp toast and was quite rich in flavour.
@Bmcboy enjoyed his main more than the starter, however. His dish was delicious, Corn fed chicken with barley broth and potato dumplings. I chose a vegetarian main of Roast artichoke, butternut squash and spinach stack with Somerset brie, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – decently sized portion, good flavours albeit a bit too sticky. Yet I would have liked more of the artichoke, as there was only a few mouthful of this and too much squash.
We shared a dessert and out of the list, we picked a Milk jam ice cream with praline. I definitely enjoyed it, although mystery remains for me on what is a milk jam…on top of it, the praline with it was delicious.
|Milk Jam ice cream|
I wonder why it has taken me so long to finally try the Laughing Gravy! It is definitely worth a visit and much better than some of the more known local eateries.