5 September 2013

Ladies Lunch at C Restaurant

C Restaurant in the heart of Mayfair is one of those intimate restaurants where, as a blogger, it's not particularly easy to take photographs on the sly. Don't get me wrong, I'm very aware that waiters and bar staff often notice me taking snaps and I've yet to have any complaints, but I'm still filled with a teeny bit of 'blogger's dread' when I'm seated slap-bang in the middle of an intimate restaurant with particularly attentive service. Like here.

Caroline                 Ellie 
Today I was meeting my friend and yummy Mummy Ellie for lunch. I suggested C Restaurant because it's a bit of a London classic and also a celebrity hotspot - I do love a celebrity sighting. Although it's been around since 2004 (it was formerly known as Cipriani) I've never visited. It's fair to say that it has mixed reviews online but I wanted to make my own judgement.

Inside, the dining room is bright and elegant, the atmosphere relaxed. Observing the clientele, I got the impression it welcomes a lot of wealthy local regulars and suited business lunches.

The menu is lengthy and offers traditional Italian dishes. Some come directly from the original Harry's Bar in Venice which was set up by Giuseppe Cipriani in the 1930's, attracting such legendary names as Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward and Ernest Hemingway (that was for the fact fans out there).

Nibbling on the tasty bread sticks, we deliberated over the menu. There was pasta, fish and an unnecessary number of veal dishes. I'm so in love with seasonal salads at the moment, my current favourite being beetroot and goat's cheese which - hurrah - they had! Easy decision. But did I want gnocchi with tomato sauce and basil for my main, or fish?

Here is the asparagus, beetroot and goat's cheese salad

The asparagus was perfectly cooked al dente and the beetroot and goat's cheese combination is always a winner. Again - and I always moan about this - I could have done with a bit more cheese! The ratios of asparagus to beetroot to cheese were a little out but it was a gorgeous dish all the same.

Ellie went for the baby artichoke salad with Parmesan.

We both decided upon fish for our main course in the end. Monkfish with capers for Ellie

...and sea bream with (a lot of) tomatoes and black olives for me

With a side of mash. I like my fish served with mash.

I so enjoyed my dish. I thought it was really flavorsome, fresh and just wonderful. I savored every mouthful and the mash potato was creamy-delicious too.

The service here is attentive without being intrusive. The restaurant wasn't packed when we visited so there were quite a lot of staff willing to help. However, service was a little quick! No sooner had our empty plates been whisked away that three waiters stood around us brandishing four impressive-looking cakes to choose from. 

We both decided upon the vanilla cake with meringue topping, asking if we could have a fifteen minute break. "Yes of course" the waiter replied. Two minutes later, a piece of cake bigger than my head was placed in front of us along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Although Ellie thought it was a little too creamy - there was rather a lack of actual sponge - if I wasn't trying to be a bit healthy I could easily have polished off the whole lot. But I was good and left about a tenth!

Three hours passed without us even noticing. Suddenly we were the last ones there.

No celebrities were spotted although we were fascinated by a couple of extreme surgery-altered faces. 

We departed our lovely lunch and walked through the millionaire's playground towards Bond Street tube station.

My lace top and shorts are both from the super-cute Sugarhill Boutique.

On the way, I fell in love with these Vivienne Westwood dresses.

When will I ever get to wear something like this?  I need to make it happen!

Alex - take me to the ball!

C Restaurant
Bar Service
Waiter Service
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  1. I'm a serial goat's cheese orderer as well. Every time we go out and I see goat's cheese on one of the dishes on the menu, I will always order it, without fail! It's just too good :)

    That cake looks phenomenal - like a little mountain of cake. I feel a bit over whelmed just from looking at it on the screen!

    Lucy x The New Northerner

    1. Agreed! I'm kind of obsessed with all cheese but goat's and blue cheese...oh yes!


  2. I love how your blog keeps letting me add exciting new restaurants to the list :)
    The only time I've ever spotted a celebrity in London was at the River Cafe when Gwyneth Paltrow walked in! But who needs them when the food is the star of the show anyways ;)

    1. Gywnny! Not a bad spot at all! I've seen a few especially in the early days of The Ivy but not so much now...I think they see me coming!!


  3. Wonderful photos Caroline! And I LOVE your friend's bracelet.

    R xx

    1. It's lovely isn't it? I just had to snap it!


  4. That sparkly Vivienne Westwood is gorgeous! I'm fascinated by the vanilla meringue cake as well, I saw it on someone else's blog the other day and I'm dying to try!


    1. I really liked that cake I have to admit though I've always been a bit meringue fan.

      I know, the dresses were dreamy!


  5. perfect pics:)and food looks so delicious. But in my opinion, it would be better if there would be drinks with food

  6. Want that meringue cake...now!!

    Love your outfit babe, you look amazing xx

  7. I'm exactly the same, if I see goatscheese I HAVE to order it.

    The food looks absolutely delicious! On my list to try out,

    Hmm maybe...

  8. I know that blogger dread feeling all to well! your pictures are lovely :) I'm all over that sea bream!

    Savine x


  9. This food looks delicious! Your photography is amazing!xx

  10. YUM!!! Looks delicious. I love your radiant beauty.

    Peace, Love, & Good Chocolate

    Paris // www.charcoalalley.com
    Instagram @charcoalalley

  11. Caroline your ladies lunches are always so sophisticated!
    Looks absolutely delicious, love your shorts, and that pink VW dress is to die for. Always thought I was in the wrong generation, I should be wearing those kind of dresses daily!!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  12. I went here for a colleagues birthday and had the monkfish. We started with peach Blinis. There was something not quite right baout the monkfish and it really didn't agree with me. The Blinis were incredible though.

    Love the outfit!

    Katie <3


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