M Restaurant in Victoria Street, London is a real hidden treasure trove of goodness. As you approach the building, you could be mistaken for thinking you’d come to the wrong place. The building you enter is a wine shop. The sign outside says M Wine Shop and the upstairs is a tetris layout of shelves displaying wines and champagnes. If you notice the subtlety of the front, the foliage over the door is shaped as an M.
The restaurant is downstairs. As you arrive downstairs, you’d be amazed at how large the basement is. There’s both a grill restaurant and a raw bar down there. In addition, the building also houses both a private members bar, public bar and a wine tasting room. The downstairs area continues the tetris effect of displaying wine which I think looks so impressive.
The grill restaurant offers up a great selection of meats from around the globe, including Blackmore Wagyu from Australia. We weren’t quite feeling that extravagant so we opted for the set menu.
The grill room was beautifully laid out, the tables were spread far enough apart so the parties dining were intrusive on each others’ dinners. Although I should add it was quite quiet when we went – it was early on a Saturday evening. We’d been to the V&A during the day and didn’t want a late night out in London.
The set menu at M Restaurant was a four-course affair. Starting with what was entitled bites – puffed beef with black garlic aioli and firecracker edamame. We loved both the bites. The firecracker edamame was as promised – spicy! I’m often disappointed by dishes promising to have a hit of chilli, but I wasn’t this time.
On to the starters. We both chose the chicken karaage bao, although I was quite tempted by the mackerel. The chicken karaage bao is a Japanese dish consisting of spicy fried chicken served in a soft bun, accompanied with pickles and firecracker mayonnaise. It was really well executed and we both enjoyed every mouthful.
The mains brought about a split decision. My friend went for the rump fillet which was served with chips and gem lettuce. I opted for the spring green risotto which was served with feta and truffle oil. The beef looked delicious and was well received, but I hold no food envy as my risotto was out-of-this-world good. I still have a slight craving for another portion. The risotto was fresh and spring tasting, there was a massive whack of mint, which I loved. It couldn’t have been more to my taste.
The dessert brought around another tough decision. I went for the honey cake which was served with honey, walnuts and mandarin. It’s not the sort of dessert I usually would order, but that’s the fun of a set menu, it allows you to try, or retry, flavours and combinations that perhaps you once had written off. My friend went for the dulce mousse which is a creamy South American dessert. We both tried each other’s desserts. I enjoyed the honey cake, but the mandarins were a bit tart for my palate. It was beautifully presented though.
All in all, a wonderful meal out. The service was excellent, with the waiting staff being really friendly and very attentive. The dishes served were well presented and each offering a big whoosh of taste and texture. I’d highly recommend M Restaurant and would love to come back again.
The set menu was £36.50 per person and included free-flowing prosecco for an hour and a half, which was roughly how long we were there for.
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