All the buzz in London’s about those famous igloos by the London Eye. But I know something better: Hush Mayfair’s winter wonderland. All the Christmas feels, but with added glamour, relaxation, and lovely food.
After stopping off for a touristy photo, I left the windy sidewalks of Westminster for the secluded streets of Mayfair, headed for Hush, where I’d be meeting three dear friends of mine, Sasha, Renee and Elizabeth.
I walked into (or more like, onto) Hush and had to stop for a moment to take in the gorgeous decor of the terrace. With its snow-covered floors (minus the cold but with all the Christmas glitz), present-decorated tables, and pretty Christmas tree, it was all I could have hoped for to get us into the Christmas spirit.
Once we had all arrived, we were given the menu, “Fairytale of New York”. We were so disappointed we’d missed the Truffle hunting that had been on until a week earlier… until we saw the fantastic dishes on offer- burgers with truffle cheese, with truffle brie for dessert? We knew instantly before we’d ordered that we were going to be eating a lot!
We all adore truffles any time of year (or, er, hour) but there is something very special about truffles at Christmastime.
So mine and Renee’s starter, the duck egg with truffles and asparagus, was perfect.
We’d also ordered the parmesan courgettes (great), Iberico Ham & Cep Croquettes (superb), and Sasha had gone with the Mac N Cheese, which smelt divine (it’s lucky I wasn’t anywhere near it!). We’d never been to Hush, although had dined at Mews, which does not compare. Our first impression of the place though was that it was a really nice restaurant to meet up to dine at, especially for the uniquely themed menus, which (thankfully!) change. It’s a shame when restaurants keep the same menu all the time, because when you are dining there regularly there is no surprise any more after a few visits, so this little detail was definitely a plus for us! Plus the cute tea cups are just the sweetest!
We’d thought the starters were great, until the mains arrived: generous portions of selected meats and vegetables, all presented prettily.
The meat was succulent and flavoursome, everything you wanted out of a meal. I’d gone with the Veal Chop, which came with wild mushrooms and herb butter, and I can honestly say it was easily one of the best dishes I’d had in London.
Sasha had chosen the Sweet Potato Mash with wild mushrooms, salsify and kale (below), which we loved not only for the great taste and fittingness for winter, but also the unique presentation (you had to lift the lid to see what was inside!).
On the other hand, Renee had gone with a meaty Monkfish, which came with grilled chorizo and white beans, flavoured with lemon and olive oil. It really is as lovely as it sounds- this one is perfect for all you fish loving readers, especially if you are one for the more exotic fish varieties.
On the other hand, the wonderful thing about Hush is the diverse range of meats and dishes. So even if you are not into Monkfish or Veal, or Truffles(we have to talk), whatever kind of foodie you are, you’ll find something here for you. If you are looking for a Christmas-themed restaurant with solidly good food, this is the place for you. It is the best for group meet-ups (like ours) not only for its good ambience but also the location, which all of us, living in completely different areas, could find easily 😉 Despite the fact that it was freezing outside, we spent the whole evening on the terrace, huddling in our blankets and sipping tea and iced drinks.