Address: 21 the Market, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E8RD
Official website: 21-coventgarden.co.uk
We booked a table online for a weekend lunch gathering at 21 Convent garden. At first I thought the table was in the square, but as it turns out, the restaurant had 3 sections; a bar, a restaurant and an open-air dining area. The entrance was somewhat confusing, but the staff was helpful and led us down to the cellar (restaurant). The cellar was dimly lit, but still comfortable without being claustrophobic. We were very hungry and quickly decided on our orders.
1: Sharing starters; the crostini selection, croquettes and risotto.
The crositini selection included tomato and basil, chicken and thyme, and beetroot cured salmon with horseradish. All 3 were tasty, but the cured salmon was the best and most unusual. The portion was a bit small and only enough for 1 person as a starter.
The croquettas with parma ham and cheese was the perfect snack, creamy inside and crispy on the outside. It’s something that can become addictive.
The cauliflower cheese risotto was the highlight, creamy and full of truffle taste. I believe this can even convince people who don’t like cauliflower to taste it.
2: Mains; Spatchcock and sea bass fillet.
The Spatchcock (baby chicken) and Sea bass were well cooked and tasty, but nothing special.
Overall, it was a great lunch. Next time though, I would dine in their open-air section that over looks the Convent garden square.