We're already four days into 2015. How has it been for you so far?
Mine has been good, thank you for asking! I do get a little freaked out about how quickly the time flies (how has it been a whole year since Boisdale?!) but I guess it's a good sign that I've been thoroughly enjoying myself. 2014 certainly was a fantastic one!
It was Wednesday night and a new year beckoned. Alex and I were off to celebrate at the highest, and arguably one of the most delicious restaurants in the UK, Duck & Waffle. Up and up we whizzed in that slightly disconcerting yet exhilarating glass lift, forty floors above the ground.
We sipped our welcome cocktails in the bar as we took in the view before being taken through to the main restaurant for dinner.
Do you like my dress? It's by Needle & Thread and was a Christmas present from hubby. The boy definitely has taste! ❤
I loved the sound of the tasting menu. It appeared to be just the right amount of food to excite the senses, soak up the champagne yet not leave us full to the brim and unable to dance our way through to midnight.
That said, I did eat a little too much of the freshly baked bread. It was just too tasty and we could not stop picking! The dish of croquettes and the bag of barbecue spiced pigs-ears were emptied at a rather speedy pace too.
After almost filling ourselves up with bread and ears, the sea trout gribiche with earl grey, tarragon compressed grapes and smoked sea salt was pleasingly light and full of refreshing flavours.
But we still had two more courses to go. The smoked Longthorn rib-eye steak with roast onions, heritage radish mash and marmite hollandaise was incredible. The meat was so tender and that radish mash! A delight!
The big finale - and probably my favourite course - was the vanilla baked Alaska with mulled pears, apples and quince. The perfectly smooth meringue, delicious creamy ice-cream and crispy base came together to make one exceptional dessert. The mulled fruit added a real festive flavour too.
Feeling a little more stuffed than we'd intended, Alex and I headed back out to the glitzy bar for the champagne reception. It was at this point that the guests arrived who hadn't booked the meal but wanted to attend the party. Lively salsa played as the staff wandered round filling up our glasses with Veuve Clicquot. Pretty canapes were offered....and declined by us two fatties in the corner.
Whilst we were testing out our best salsa moves in the bar, most of the tables in the restaurant were being cleared away and a nine-piece swing band called Speakeasy were setting up their instruments and microphones. Just a few tables remained around the outside of the room, one of which was ours. We had our own bottle of Grey Goose, mixers and an unparalleled view over London town. It was perfect.
The band were great and almost everyone there was up and dancing.
Even more amazing canapes were brought out to us. Though I was still full from dinner, I did dabble. The bacon wrapped dates and beef sliders were particularly tasty.
Oh, and then there was the whole plate of strawberry & rose macarons, champagne truffles and lemon meringue tarts they left on our table! I'll give it to Duck & Waffle; the night may not have been the cheapest option available but we were certainly not left to go hungry!
At midnight we cheered, smooched and raised our glasses as we watched the dazzling fireworks both on the big screen and outside the panoramic windows.
We rolled home - full to the brim of celebration drinks and amazing food - not long after 12am. It had been an unforgettable and delicious end to 2014. Alex and I had so much fun together.
Here's to another fantastic year ahead!