9 April 2014

It's All About Texture

Texture is one of those established London restaurants that it's taken me ages to get round to visiting. I've heard such good things about it so it's been on my hit list for quite some time. Finally, on Saturday afternoon, I walked through the doors for a ladies lunch with Angela. As we don't get to see each other as much as we'd like to, we tend to do something a little bit special when we get together. Texture, complete with champagne bar, seemed to fit the bill nicely.

As an apéritif before lunch, we enjoyed some gorgeous pink champagne - served with some very moreish olive crisp bread (top picture) - as a belated birthday celebration for Angela. The ultimate way to start proceedings!

Texture is a sophisticated Modern European restaurant set inside a grand Georgian building. The décor is very classic yet some striking modern art and elegant floral arrangements make it stylish. As the name would suggest, the food here focuses on combining and emphasising different consistencies. The Scandinavian influence of Icelandic head chef Aggi Sverrisson is apparent throughout the menu: Icelandic Cod, Norwegian King Crab, Skyr...

It's got a Michelin star too, don't y'know?

After a glass or two of the bubbles we headed through to the spacious restaurant area. We were sat just to the side of the kitchen prep area so I could spy on the chefs putting the all-important finishing touches to the plates.

Angela begun with the asparagus served with pea shoots, hazelnuts, parmesan snow and crispy parmesan bread.

Mine was slightly less veggie-friendly but just as artistic; Anjou pigeon served with bacon popcorn, sweetcorn and red wine essence. The intact pigeon leg - claw and all - was somewhat unexpected!

The leg may have come as a bit of a surprise but the dish was certainly delicious. The little slabs of meat were soft and succulent, working so well with the crispness of the sweetcorn and the intense jus. But I do apologise to any vegetarians or pigeon fanciers out there!

We both chose the Cornish brill with shellfish, fregola, pickled vegetables and herbs as our main course.

A flawlessly cooked fillet in such a delicate and fragrant soup. I polished off every little bit of that sauce with a teaspoon. It tasted so fresh and I would eat it every day if only I knew how to create it!

Our desserts were works of art too. My chocolate mouse served with beetroot, creamy milk ice cream and a crunchy chocolate soil was stunning. It certainly ticked all the boxes when it came to their texture concept. I just wish there had been more of it! 

Angela's dessert was the Icelandic Skyr*, Gariguette strawberries, vanilla ice cream and rye breadcrumbs. The colour of the strawberries was remarkable.

*a dairy product similar to yoghurt

In between courses we were also spoilt with the odd tasty amuse-bouche. 

And some petit fours to round off. The amazing madeleines were warm, clearly just whipped straight out of the oven! 

We had a wonderful lunch at Texture. As well as being delicious, I found the food inventive, beautiful and fascinating. The service we received was exceptional. Certainly a great choice for a special occasion.

34 Portman Street
London W1H 7BY

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  1. I've never been to a Michelin restaurant which I think is very sad :(

    OMG I really want that dessert, it sounds amazing. I'm a huge fan of beetroot in dessert :D

    Love your dress, perfect for ladies that lunch x

    1. Ah there's lots of time to do it though. Book one for your next birthday! Get someone to treat you :)

      Thank you re the dress - a Jane Norman special! xx

  2. I've just got to the point Caroline where I can't look at your posts unless I've just eaten a full meal or as far from the kitchen as possible. The food you take photos of always looks so elegant and pristine!
    Fancy sending some of those delicious petit fours in my direction?
    That beautiful Cornish Brill looks like the winning dish to me. Happy foodie days!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  3. Literally everything looks amazing! When I went there we had a fish tasting menu which was great as I'm not a huge meat eater.

    I love it when a place gives you loads of lovely things in between courses. They are often the best bits!! Love the look of the chocolate soil.
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  4. Such beautifully presented plates! Both those desserts look especially scrummy. So interesting that the menu is influenced by Icelandic cuisine - I'd never heard of Skyr before!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  5. Beautiful food! So jealous!


  6. Ooooo all this food looks delicious!! You look gorgeous as well, I love your dress.xx

  7. I've actually never heard of this place! Seems like a perfect get together location, over a glass of bubbly.
    Guess my visit will have to wait until I move back to London someday.

    {Teffy's Perks} X

    1. I didn't even know you were leaving! :(

  8. I've not heard of this one... Will have to add it to the ever-growing list! As a veggie, I might opt out of the pigeon leg though!

    Sophie x


  9. all looks delish, hope you enjoyed http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/take-a-selfie.html

  10. This looks lovely - I love the size of the portions too - it means you have plenty of room for the sweet course! Yippee!!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  11. This certainly looks unusual!

    I've seen/had beetroot baked within a dessert, but never on the side like that - interesting.

    Hmm maybe...


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