Over recent weeks, Eneko at One Aldwych has been coined the most anticipated restaurant opening of 2016. So when we received an invitation to the friends and family launch, we couldn’t wait to attend.
Located a stones throw away from Covent Garden is Eneko London – a restaurant and bar connected to One Aldwych Hotel, created by three-Michelin starred chef, Eneko Atxa. Eneko has reimagined dishes from the land, the sea, and the garden, in a casual dining environment which was complicity created to be more inclusive than his continental offering.
Upon arrival, the restaurant coordinator talked us through the menu, explaining the recipe’s origins, produce, and techniques used to create each dish.
Lunch commenced with a selection of starters including anchovy tempura, ‘Memories of the Bay of Biscay’ and the beetroot tartare. Theatre was created in the presentation of the memories of the Bay of Biscay, served with a generous pour of “dry ice” and a seaside scent – an evocative nod to the Basque region where Atxa grew up.
The beetroot tartare had a punch of truffle and a flavour delicacy unexpected from the humble beetroot. Dressed with pickled red onion, soufflé potato, sourdough toasts and a vegetable barbeque sauce, it relied on a unification of flavours for success.
Realising that we had ordered one too many starters, we decided to share the duck, which was beautifully cooked and served with king oyster mushrooms and pickled red onion – a meaty interlude in our exploration of the sea and the garden.
Cheesecake and coffee were a sublime way to end our meal. The “choose your own” service trolley offered rice pudding lollipops, raspberry macarons, and an indulgent dark chocolate with a biscuit crumble base which all looked delicious. Round two we think!
Eneko are democratising fine dining into a casual dining setting, and we are confident that the soft launch will iron out the wrinkles and put Eneko London on London’s gastronauts ‘need to visit’ map.
*Their soft launch runs until 31 August and offers 50% off the full A La Carte menu. Find them at One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
David | Director