Last month Le Meridien Hotel in Piccadilly unveiled the refurbished Terrace Grill & Bar at the very top of the 5-star hotel. I recently went along to check out both the views and the food. The restaurant is set in a daylight-flooded room and feels like a giant greenhouse overlooking London’s busy streets. There is also an upper-lounge with a Gin Bar serving a range of British and international gins, as well as traditional cocktails.
Even before I’d sat down, a basket of freshly-baked bread (half white and half wholemeal), still warm from the oven, had been placed on the table.
To start I tried the chilli-battered squid with citrus salsa and goat’s cheese whilst my fellow diner had the goat’s cheese and beetroot tart with pesto dressing. The salsa brought the squid to life, whilst the flaky pastry and the rich goat’s cheese went well with the juicy beetroot.
For mains I sampled the grilled lobster which was a fresh, juicy generous-sized shellfish served with a tomato and green leaf salad. And the 14oz t-bone steak was a huge, tender slab of meat also served with a tomato and green leaf salad and a rich peppercorn sauce. The steak was so huge (as the above image shows) it almost covered the entire plate!
For dessert, the lemon sillabub served with shortbread was rich, thick and creamy but the winner had to be the old-school Knickerbocker Glory with mounds of ice cream, plenty of sauce, lashings of cream and a couple of wafers thrown in for good measure – not one for the faint hearted!
Overall, I was impressed with the Terrace Grill & Bar, with its dishes beautifully presented and generously laden with food of excellent quality. It’s a great place to take your mum on her birthday to treat her to some fine British dining. Alternatively, you could try the G&T Afternoon Tea (afternoon tea served with gin – sounds good to me!).
Photo credit: London Hotels Insight blogger Jules.