A few weeks ago I ventured over to Chez Mal Brasserie Restaurant which is a part of Malmaison Hotel just near to Piccadilly Train Station. Whilst you can eat here if you are staying at the hotel, it is also open for everyone. When we initially walked in, we stumbled across the bar area. As it was a Friday night there was a resident DJ there playing music. The vibe here was very lively although not quite what we wanted for dinner. Thankfully we were taken to the dining area which was much quieter. The restaurant area is absolutely gorgeous. The marbled slate grey colour scheme is very modern and feels very sophisticated. It is also the perfect setting to enjoy the menu.
I was very impressed with the sheer range of foods that all sounded very very good. The starter menu comprised of the likes of Handmade Vietnamese Tuna Rolls, Seared Cornish Sea Scallops, Beef Carpaccio and Tempura Calamari. We went for the scallops and the tuna rolls. The scallops are presented in beautiful shells with chorizo and spinach. The strong chorizo flavour went really well with the delicate scallops and it was a delicious starter. The Vietnamese rolls were so refreshing bursting with light and fresh ingredients.
The main course menu again follows a similar pattern to the starters. Yorkshire Dales Lamb Cutlet, Seared Cornish Scallop & Crab Risotto, Catch of the Day and Steak are some of the options. It is a very traditional menu with lots of classic favourites but with a very apparent quality. Whilst I wanted to go for the risotto, I couldn’t justify scallops twice so went for the catch of the day. It happened to be a Sea Bream. This dish comes with a butter sauce which is served in the most elegant, copper little pan. This buttery sauce was just full of flavour and the fish melted in your mouth. They complemented one another so well.
Tom went for the lamb cutlet. I fell in love with everything about the presentation of this dish, served on the most gorgeous plate. It looked as though a lot of care had gone into this dish and the colours made it burst with life. We also ordered some Truffle & Parmesan Pommes Frites on the side. I have a bit of an obsession with anything truffle so of course had to try them. They were tasty although I have definitely had better truffle fries.
Somehow we had room for pudding. I think it has something to do with the fact that they all sounded so good! Again! The menu really did not disappoint. Between us we had the Rhubarb Trifle and Passionfruit Tart & Blackberries. The tart was a feast for the eyes. The vibrant, deep purple of the blackcurrant sorbet looked great next to the tart and of course was sweet, tangy and juicy in flavour. It was a brilliant fruity dessert. The truffle again was a fantastic bright coral colour. Two very good desserts. Next time I will need to try out the chocolate pave or the chez Mal hot chocolate….
Overall we had a really brilliant time at Chez Mal. I would never have thought of going there before due to it being part of the hotel but the restaurant really is worth visiting. The staff were very attentive and ensured we had everything we needed. I would mention that the food is slightly pricey so this is a great place to come for a special event. The food really is worth every penny.