Kitty Fisher’s has been on my never-ending and constantly growing list of restaurants to try, but for one reason or another, despite how close it is to my office, I had not managed to go (most often because it is a challenge getting a booking).
We finally secured a reservation to go with my friend (and editor Miles) who also had Kitty Fisher’s high on his list.
The owner Tim called that day to let us know that the table after ours had cancelled, so we didn’t need to rush to get there at 6:30pm, and then we were also not going to get kicked out after two hours. It was such a lovely and thoughtful thing to do.
We had a table downstairs, which we would normally dread, but in Kitty Fisher’s case, it is cute and cosy, with nice details such as the old bread ovens which they illuminate with candles.
Our waitress seemed a little too busy, but we got the sense they were short-staffed that night. She was still very friendly and helpful, and when we were going to order a glass of one of the wines to sample to see if we wanted a bottle, she offered us a taste instead and then gave us a second taster glass when we didn’t much care for the first one. She also said they could split the beef for two and cook each half to our different cuisson preferences.
We decided to order the Galician beef for two, but split between the three of us, as Stewart had read a review (I honestly think this is the first time that this has ever happened) that stated that if you don’t try the Galician beef, you couldn’t fully grasp how good Kitty Fisher’s is.
What we ate:
Bread and burnt onion butter: delicious crusty grilled served with whipped butter and a dusting of burnt onion. The bread was tasty and the black dust made it very unique and interesting.
Taleggio, London honey, summer truffles and grilled bread: I have no idea what London honey means as I haven’t encountered bees in the city but whatever it means, it worked. A small piece of grilled bread topped with perfectly melty and nicely stinky (it’s a compliment) cheese with a subtle flavour of honey and truffles.
Burrata, beetroot and gooseberries: this was our least favourite item as the burrata was not as creamy as we hoped and the gooseberries were superfluous. The beets were the star of the dish and it was good, but not as great as the other things we ate.
The off the menu Galician beef (dairy cows): cooked on the grill and served with perfectly grilled onions that were slightly caramelized from the heat, pickled walnuts, potatoes covered with mustard, with a generous dollop of Tunworth cheese (Camembert British relative) melted over and spinach. The portion for two people costs £80 which is steep, but was more than enough for the three of us and it was absolutely fantastic (I tend to be a beef snob from my upbringing in Brazil, so I rarely order steak). The flavours were deep and rich and I even loved Miles’ slices which he requested blue.
At this point, we were satisfied but not full and since there were three desserts we were intrigued by, we decided to try them all. Weirdly, I loved them and was completely happy despite the lack of chocolate options.
Grilled strawberries with shortbread and clotted cream ice cream: we were in Cornwall over the weekend and had copious amounts of clotted cream (which they even add to their morning porridge) and thought we had overdosed on that, but the strawberries were perfectly ripe and a bit caramelized from the grilling, the shortbread was crumbled around for texture and the ice cream had a slight tanginess which worked magically with it all. This was my favourite dessert!
Summer pudding: grilled sourdough with all possible varietals of berry, soaked for a day so the bread could absorb all the juices and get deliciously soggy. It was a generous portion and the best summer pudding I have ever tasted. (I have to admit that I have tasted maybe only five in my life.) The grilling of the bread adds character and is far superior from the usual boring angel food cake. It was moist, the berry flavours were intense and worked well with some whipped cream.
Lemon tart: another dessert I don’t usually go for but somehow berries and lemon seemed liked a good pairing, and it was my favourite lemon tart that I have had in ages, as it was not disgustingly sweet and it had the perfect level of acidity. We devoured them all!
In sum: do we want to go back? Soon – so we can try the non-beef mains and more of the starter dishes. The burrata didn’t blow us away and the beef is pricey and that is why it didn’t get a 10 on food. But Kitty Fisher’s enters my list of places we want to book again as we left the restaurant. British food with a Spanish twist, they nailed it!
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