Restaurant Review: The Wesley, Euston Street, NW1
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»The Wesley is a stone’s throw from Euston Underground station, next to all the trendy city bars.
My friend and I were somewhat curious as to what the food would be like – whether it would be your run-of-the mill hotel type of grub or something a bit more special.
Walking up the stairs on this warm bright Friday evening, the vibe was quite buzzing. We walked directly into the foyer from the stairs outside and were greeted by a very smiley chap who directed us down the stairs towards the restaurant area.
We were then shown to our table by the chef, Graham Bradbury from South Africa, the former head chef at the Grove Hotel in Kensington.
Over a glass of prosecco, the chef explained a bit about his menu, created especially for the restaurant – and all sounded delicious.
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We ordered marinated heritage beetroot, young endive, goat’s cheese mousse, walnut vinaigrette and as well as a dish of soused Cornish sardine, toasted sourdough, caper and herb dressing.
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It was absolutely divine – fresh and with just enough on the plate to keep you wanting more. My colleague also enjoyed her goat’s cheese mouse, which she found creamy and sweet.
Then on to the much-anticipated mains – we were both drawn to the roast Gloucester old spot pork belly (slowly cooked for 11 hours), with pressed potato and Parma ham, parsnip puree and glazed fig.
When it arrived I couldn’t believe the masterpiece that was placed in front of me.
The fig was balanced on top of the pork looking juicy and a deep purple.
I have never had the pleasure of eating fig with anything savoury.
This, with clever swirls of Parsnip puree and the potato stack (how anyone has the patience for this) all not only work together but also complement each other perfectly.
The chef then insisted that we also had to try some dessert and I didn’t need much persuasion.
We couldn’t decide, so the chef chose citrus panna cotta with rhubarb and ginger breadcrumbs for us, along with a selection of home made ice-cream pistachio and strawberry ripple.
If I could have licked the plate I would have.
And to top this off, we were then served with the finest British cheese selection. This came on a huge board with grapes and berries and the crispiest homemade biscuits. Some of the cheeses were really strong but with the grapes and berries it was a nice traditional mix.
I’m sold... this has to be on my top 10 list of fine dining. The prices are great and it’s easy to get to.
You can book in advance or just pop in, and they are open until 11pm every evening. Party bookings are also welcome, and they do corporate functions with catering.