Monmouth Kitchen

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A Peruvian-Italian restaurant in a Radisson Blu Hotel.

It’s odd. You could draw a line lengthways down the dining room of Monmouth Kitchen and make two totally different restaurants. It’s set on the ground floor of Covent Garden’s Radisson Blu Hotel, which doesn’t exactly scream hipster, but sit looking out of the wide, industrial-chic windows onto cobbled Monmouth Street and it feels a little like you’re in a trendy café in Shoreditch. Swivel around 180 degrees, though, and you’re taken firmly back to hotel-land: City-type boys in shirt-sleeves, lounge music and just a bit too much air conditioning.

They’ve even split the menu in half for you: one side, Italian, the other Peruvian. Not a classic combo, but things looked up with the arrival of the first plate. Warm white ragu arancini had a perfect melting mozzarella centre, a surprisingly decent foil for the fiery chicken tacos that followed. Then things went downhill: a sea bass ceviche tasted like it had been marinated in a mixture of Jif lemon juice and sweet ’n’ sour Dip Dab. The quality of the fish was good though, and the service exemplary. All in all, it’s not a bad spot; just avoid that ceviche and insist on the seat facing the window.

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Monmouth Kitchen
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Address: 20 Mercer Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9HD
Opening hours: Daily noon-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Chloe W
tastemaker

We started lunch with a selection of cocktails – the best way to start any lunch in my opinion. I tried the Inca Punch, a tasty combination of BarSol Italia pisco, pineapple, lime and sugar with an absinthe mist which, all combined, creates a fruity and refreshing drink. The Cacao Rum Old Fashioned was also very intriguing – created with El Dorado 8-year-old and 12-year-old rums, it is served with Peruvian cacao in a cone on the side and you are encouraged to try a piece of cacao in your mouth and sip the Old Fashioned before adding to your drink.

Monmouth splits its menu into Italian dishes and contemporary Peruvian dishes and, as it is designed to be a sharing menu, we managed to cover quite a few. It is important to note, in true sharing menu style, the dishes arrive on your table as they are ready rather than all at once so you are never lacking something tasty to tuck in to.

The first thing to arrive at our table were the salmon tacos with a jalapeno sauce. These tiny tacos may be bite-sized, but they are packed full of flavour. Salmon coated in a tangy jalapeno sauce, with a refreshing squeeze of lime juice.

Next sea bass ceviche with avocado, white corn and red onion. Another tasty treat of soft sea bass that melts in the mouth, creamy avocado and pieces of corn that have absorbed all the lime juice, creating little balls of zesty tartness that explode in the mouth. Yum.

This was swiftly followed by white ragu and mozzarella arancini. These balls of what is essentially fried rice and cheese were simply divine. Cheesy and rich with a perfectly crisp outside, served with a creamy and pungent garlic sauce. The lunch was going from one height to the next.

Monmouth Kitchen’s signature dish came next – smoked lamb cutlets with red anticucho, served on a hot lava stone. Due to the lava stone, the dish arrived with a lot of theatre sizzling loudly. This also means if you don’t like your lamb cooked as pink as I do, you can leave it on the stone for slightly longer to let it cook.

After one bite, the lamb quickly shot its way to the top of the lamb leader board. The sauce was a wonderful mix of complex flavours – smoky, tangy, spicy and, most importantly, thick. I would have quite happily eaten this over and over again.

The sliced beef tenderloin with anticucho is definitely worth trying. Soft, rare beef coated with another tangy, warming anticucho, Simple, high-quality ingredients prepared well – you can’t really go wrong.

The final savoury dish was a hands-on creation. Robata corn on the cob is served with salted chilli and lime. To put this dish together, you dip your lime in the chilli salt, and then rub on the corn. You can adjust the spice level by adding more or less chilli salt, which makes it a great dish for everyone – in my case, I coated it on in a thick layer. A fun way to end this portion of our lunch.

After all that, we finished the meal with two simple, but scrumptious desserts. Chocolate caliente consisted of warm Peruvian spring rolls which oozed with chocolate, served with fresh passion fruit and a coconut sorbet. This was accompanied by one of the best coffee-based desserts I have ever tried – Café almendra. Layers of coffee brûlée, chocolate cacao, almond ice cream and mascarpone amaretto crème all served in a delicate espresso cup. My only complaint? I wanted so many more.

Overall, a simply spectacular meal from Monmouth Kitchen, accompanied by attentive, friendly service. I could quite happily spend many more hours here.

The Man on the Street

The Monmouth Kitchen has become a lunchtime favourite. I like the grazing dishes , and find the choice of Peruvian or Italian to mesh very well. Service is always friendly. On my last visit I was served by Roxanna who is a total star. We asked her advice on what we should oder and she did not put a foot wrong. Can't say I have tried the wine list , or know what its like at dinner - but for lunch its a winner - and great value for this area.

Soso T
tastemaker

I love soft launches, it means I can eat double the amount as everything is half the price :) You could tell it was very new, the decor is contemporary and modern as you would expect from most restaurants which are part of a hotel. As a wheelchair user, there was a step at the entrance, but staff were more than willing to help if required.  I liked that the menu was on one page so you're not overwhelmed with choices.  The bite size tacos were really good. My only complaint was that there should be more of it!  The lobster and salmon ceviche also good, as well as the melt in the mouth beef tenderloin.  The only dish I didn't like were the mini burgers as they were a bit dry. Our waitress was so sweet and nice, she kept checking up on us without being intrusive. Another member of staff (who I assumed was the manager) later came and spoke to us, giving us recommendations on the dessert, which we went for and they were pretty amazing too, especially the coffee creme brulee. We gave him feedback on which dishes we enjoyed and ones which we didn't.  I liked that they made an effort and it felt more personal. Every member of staff greeted us and was accommodating by making more space for me to get past in my wheelchair.  I appreciate a place which has great service as well as good food.  Portions are a bit on the small side considering the price, so I'm not sure if I would come back again and pay full price unless it was a treat... then again I do treat myself a lot so probably would be back :)  

Gregory B

Great addition to CG! V imaginative dishes and drinks.  Will be back again soon. GB

Laura B
Tastemaker
Very crisp and clean large 'open' restaurant - big tables and lots of space which makes a change from the squash-them-in attitude all too prevalent these days. Staff are attentive but not intrusive and food is excellent, Portions are a little on the small side but food is of a high standard and presented well. Desserts seemed massive in comparison and very sweet, rich and delicious. 
Peter Hynes
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Had a very disappointing dinner at Scoff and Banter in Covent Garden last night, (18/2/14). Mess up with the order taking meant that our meal was almost an hour getting out of the kitchen. When it arrived, it was wrong. We were going to the Theatre so did not have a lot of spare time to play with. I appreciate the managers efforts to reduce the bill and give some free drinks - he tried bless him - but the reality was that it was a pretty dreadful experience. Do not recommend the place.

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