Today it’s time for lunch in Covent Garden which always makes me very happy. So we’re heading to the newly-opened 28-50 Covent Garden which sits proudly at the entrance of Yards at St Martin’s Courtyard.
It’s a bright, light contemporary space furnished in soft blue and pink velvets with plenty of unique stylish touches. We settled in by the window in comfort to peruse a comprehensive menu full of delights.
What’s on the menu
The seasonal European dishes on offer make for some tricky decision making. I opted for this pretty-as-a-picture crab salad. A plentiful bed of the freshest of crab topped with sweet mango cubes, dollops of avocado puree and dainty coriander cress. This is my kind of salad, loads of all the good stuff and nothing else, I’m not a fan of handfuls of overwhelming leaves.
The deliciously silken cep mushroom veloute was served poured over a collection of herbs, chantilly and sourdough croutons. The perfect warming indulgence for a dank winter day.
Main course temptation
There are many tempting fishy choices as mains. Like this exotic tuna dish. Perfectly seared tuna is served with a spicy Asian broth, bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, toasted peanuts and coriander cress.
Scallops are possibly my favourite indulgence. As a result they had to be picked. Served with pumpkin puree (another favourite), pickled ginger and toasted pine nuts, the scallops were tender and sweat, seared to perfection and a perfect match for the flavour combinations.
I couldn’t resist ordering a bowl of buttered new potatoes – what a good decision. I seriously could have polished off the whole lot all on my own! They went so well with the scallops, too.
Tender stem broccoli with garlic butter completed our lunchtime feast.
For pudding we shared a little jar of poached pear served with delectable chocolate cream and topped with cinnamon sable (kind of like a crumble).
28-50 Covent Garden oozes elegance. There’s a Champagne bar to welcome you in, three dining areas with very different feels and a private dining space, too. Plus certainly lots of quirky design surprises. Like these striking angel wings created from Champagne corks.
I also really loved this light – chandelier-style designed with wine glasses. So happiness all round, I can see 28-50 becoming one of my regular Covent Garden haunts.
Today’s price point
Today’s lunch for two of two courses each and a shared dessert came to £84.80.
And there’s certainly an impressive and extensive wine list with prices starting from £25 a bottle.
28-50 Covent Garden is at 10 Upper St Martin’s Lane WC2.
In conclusion the closest tube is Leicester Square.