[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week I had a nice catch up (and a cocktail!) lunch with my friend Sarah, who had been invited to try out Mabel’s Bar & Kitchen, in Covent Garden. It’s a brand spanking new restaurant/bar/club/all round cool place (see the neon sign above? cool factor amped up to ten) Mabel’s is so new, the painters were still finishing some touch ups in the room downstairs. We were seated towards the back mezzanine, under a lovely bright skylight and big comfy chairs, overlooking the restaurant area.
Being ladies-wot-lunch, we went the whole hog and ordered some cocktails- yay daytime drinking! I had a mojito and Sarah had something called a Lavendar Love. I took ages deciding what to order, everything sounded so good. In the end, I chose the peanut butter-coconut-lemon grass- green chilli chicken skewers. It had peanut butter in it, I knew it could only be a good thing.
After munching on these and pinching some of Sarah’s bread basket (it comes with red onion butter!) our main meals arrived…
It was such a nice, Summery day I chose something a little ‘lighter’ and went for the honey soy marinated salmon served on a bed of confit potatoes, beans, asparagus, and peas. It was such a hefty piece of salmon, I didn’t feel like I was being ‘good’ at all. It was the kind of meal I try to create at home when the weather is nice and warm and I want to eat outside. I also got a side of kale and chips because clearly, my efforts at being good are totally rubbish!
Sarah’s fish n’ chips were this close to being pinched as well, as that crispy battered piece of haddock was begging to be snapped in half!
Our meal was rounded off with dessert- I will always maintain that there is a separate stomach for pudding- and so I went with the grilled figs with honey creme fraiche. Best lunchtime decision, ever.
The honey creme fraiche could have been a dessert on it’s own. I loved that the figs were on the dessert menu; it’s not something I’ve seen in a restaurant for a long time, nor could I think of anything more Summery to feast on than figs.
I was also impressed with the chocolate brownie too- dense, chocolatey and not all stingy when it came to portion size. Also, you can never go wrong with a brownie for pudding…
Dessert was rounded off with my latest obsession- Assam tea. My mum got me into it recently and it’s all I ever want to drink now!
It was such an enjoyable lunch, we easily spent a couple of hours just hanging out. I loved the decor and vibe of the place too- lush greens and dark wood, reminiscent of exotic travel and adventure. I liked the little details- a vintage map, butterflies, and black and white photos. They’ve certainly pulled off the za-za-zu they mention on their website.
You can find Mabel’s Bar & Kitchen at…
29-30 Maiden Lane
020 7845 9980
….get the figs and take your time!