21 March 2014

Venison Wellington & China Dogs

I've chatted to you before about how great venison is. When I cooked my Not-So-Naughty Little Toads, I learned of the health benefits of choosing game over fattier meats like pork, lamb and beef. Venison is lean, low in fat and low in cholesterol.

That is unless you cover it in pastry and make a Wellington out of it.

Laura and I became aware of The Sign Of The Don's signature venison dish via Twitter. Following a few admiring tweets about how mouthwatering it looked, we were kindly invited along to the new bistro and bar try it. 

The Sign Of The Don is located on the site of the original Sandeman Port and Sherry cellar, close to Bank station. In the white brick cellar there are hundreds of wines to choose from and they can be selected via an interactive system from the stylish main bar upstairs.

Tonight though, our destination was the bistro; a light, open space with an open kitchen and very friendly service.

We were brought two glasses of gorgeous red wine along with some beautifully cooked prawns in a herb sauce and breadcrumb coated stuffed green olives. 

Gotta love food you can eat with cocktail sticks!

But it was the arrival of the Venison Wellington that we were most excited about and we cooed as it was presented to our table. 

The flavoursome meat was beautifully cooked to medium rare, the heavenly pastry was crisp and thick but not at all soggy and the mushroom layer brought the classic dish all together.

The accompanying sauce was a delight.

Our side dishes were chickpeas with piquillo peppers and the baby spinach with pine nuts and raisins.

It was all every bit as good as we'd hoped it would be. A fantastic course and generous portions.

But of course, not so generous that we didn't have room for dessert. We ordered the dark chocolate pot with salted caramel for a bit of sweetness and the farmhouse cheese from the British Isles and Iberian peninsula. Accompanied by a glass of Taylor's 10 year old tawny port.

We had a great meal at Sign of the Don. The Venison Wellington is a dish I'm delighted I tried and will be recommending my ex-city colleagues do the same on one of their client lunches!

Full to the brim and a little tipsy on port and red wine, Laura and I headed over to Hoxton Square to visit one of our new favourite bars The Dead Dolls Club. Here, you can become a member 'by friendship not fee'. All they ask is that you fill in a membership form and bring along a small gift for the house - either a bottle of spirit, a cut glass decanter, white lilies for the tables or a fine china dog for the parlour.

These were our gifts:

These cute retriever puppies will take their place on the bar's shelf among their new china canine friends. And we are now officially Dead Dolls members! It's an honour to be part of such a charismatic and personal bar.

We will be back very soon for the launch party of Check On's new restaurant Pearl, set up on the top floor. 

The Sign of the Don
21 St Swithin's Lane
London EC4N 8AD

Dead Dolls Club
35 Hoxton Square
London N1 6NN

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  1. Gosh my mouth is seriously watering! Drool!

    1. Mine still waters just looking back at the photos! :)

  2. The food looks so delicious and the place looks great!
    Awesome post!!


  3. Great post, and all this food looks amazing! You have a lovely blog :)

    x leah symonne x


  4. Wow - everything looks wonderful! Love your great photos, both of the food and the restaurant!

    Meghan xo

  5. I really need to expand my work area beyond the Pitcher and Piano! This meal looks delicious.


    1. Haha! There's definitely more to life than a Pitcher & Piano ;) xx

  6. Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster Award :)

  7. that all looks so delicious!! xxx


  8. Oh wow, it all looks so incredibly delicious!
    I've never had a beef wellington before, but this venison one looks like something I must try.

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  9. I love Venison!! Never had Venison Wellington though, I have to admit!

    Katie <3


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