I seem to be doing the refurbished restaurant rounds at the moment, this time it’s Tuttons in Covent Garden. Tuttons, which sits on the east side of Covent Garden, has been there for 30 odd years. I remember it back in the day (mainly because of its large outside eating area), when that part of Covent Garden had rows of outdoor stalls that sold all sorts, though mainly second-hand clothes, but alas, I had never eaten there. So I was quite intrigued when I received an invite to sample its new menu and brought a friend with.
It was a Monday night when we went and the place was buzzing. The interior is dark with lots of wood featuring and has an upmarket, American diner feel to it, but the food is decidedly British. We were given a choice of 2 courses. I went for a starter and a main while friend chose a main and dessert. The Dorset crab, saltwater prawns, avocado & red pepper dressing, read so well on the menu that I opted for that. It looked stunning on arrival, but disappointingly the flavours just weren’t there. The dressing on the prawns was quite tangy and the crab got lost in the overall dish. It was an OK starter, but being that it was one of the most expensive at £10.25, I was expecting it to wow. It didn’t.
Much better was the main: chargrilled Braxton Manor lamb leg steak, dressed watercress & matchstick chips. I was asked how I liked my meat cooked and it came just as requested, medium to rare. It needed seasoning, but this was only a minor niggle because the roast bone marrow & tarragon butter, that I ordered extra, was delish, so too was the cauliflower & leek cheese. Friend ordered the 28 day aged rib of beef, which came a little under done for her liking, and again under seasoned, but she really liked the matchstick chips, and I did too.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a wine connoisseur, so had asked the waitress to recommend one. She made a great choice of red, a Domaine des Cigalounes, Lirac 2009, which went really well with our meat dishes.
The highlight of the meal had to be the desserts. Friend went for the: dark & white chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce & Dorset clotted cream. I, of course, had a taste and it was good – dense and rich chocolate with the delicious clotted cream balancing it nicely. I thought the meal would end there, but to our surprise the manager served us their signature dish; Kentish raspberry cheesecake with biscuit crumb. I could see why it, it was really rather good. It had fresh raspberries inside which cut through the cheese, and I also liked its deconstructed appearance, was quite refreshing.
We were well looked after at Tuttons. A 2-course à la carte meal with a side dish, not including drinks, is approx £30 per head. They also offer a pre-theatre menu: 2 courses at £13.95 or 3 courses at £15.95.
Food I Fancy dined as guests. Many thanks, Tuttons.
11-12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ.
T: 0844 371 2550