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Brunch at Indigo restaurant – One Aldwych
One Aldwych has one of the best locations in London. It
stands on a corner plot in the middle of the capital in
Covent Garden, that neighbourhood being famed as the backdrop for My
Fair Lady. It’s a stone’s throw from the River Thames and all the
iconic sights of old London.
The hotel is nestled between the City and the West End where The
Aldwych meets the Strand, and opposite Waterloo Bridge. It’s just a
short distance from more than a dozen celebrated theatres as well as
the world-famous Royal Opera House. It is considered a noteworthy
Edwardian building and is now protected by English Heritage. It’s an
architectural extravaganza of Continental-inspired splendour, designed
by Charles Mewes and Arthur Davis, the Anglo-French duo behind the Ritz
hotels in London and Paris.
This stylish hotel is the lodging of choice for many a visitor from
beyond these shores. It’s prized for being just around the corner from
so many places of interest but it also caters for those who are not
staying but just passing through. Guests who drop in for a meal and
even for some entertainment in the small but well-appointed cinema next
to Axis, One Aldwych’s other restaurant.
It was a bright Sunday afternoon and we were in the mood for brunch.
Indigo at One Aldwych offers a striking restaurant, a calming ambiance
and a thoughtful menu. It’s a small enough restaurant to feel intimate,
and casual enough for you to feel comfortable meandering through the
Sunday colour supplements.
Our fellow brunchers comprised a few who were evidently hotel guests
lingering over the papers and breakfast, but also some regulars from
across the Pond. The staff were bombarded with requests for dishes
which were almost but not quite on the menu. A ham omelette sans ham –
the guest would like that on the side. Some goat cheese - that wasn’t
even on the menu but there was a promise that the restaurant would find
some. These requests were fielded with courtesy, charm and a
willingness to please. I was warming to Indigo and we hadn’t even
Indigo offers soup, salads, on-toast items, mains, desserts, and any
two courses of the above with unlimited Prosecco for only £24.
That sounded like outstanding value but the food has to be good. The
Soup of the Day was watercress and it was the most vibrant and light of
its kind that my guest and I had ever
seen. It was delicately garnished with oil and crème
fraiche and served with a selection of breads.
Some folks expect a roast on Sundays and Indigo offers that in an
interesting fashion. A roast beef salad with watercress, Yorkshire
pudding and horseradish sauce. It’s a light alternative to the
traditional Sunday lunch, but my fancy on this occasion was Wild
Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions on Toast. This simple dish was a small
culinary triumph of both texture and taste. The fungi were cooked to
perfection and still held their original contours. The large field
mushrooms added substance and the onions were sweetly moreish. A very
Other items on the Toast menu included Welsh Rarebit and Scotch
Woodcock. A word or two by way of explanation: Welsh Rarebit is not a
bunny from Wales but is a dish of seasoned melted cheese on toast,
sometimes containing a dash of ale and/or Worcester Sauce. Scotch
Woodcock isn’t a highland game-bird but a savoury dish consisting of
scrambled eggs served on toast that has been spread with something
tangy like anchovy paste or Gentleman's Relish. Yes, a British menu can
confound the visitor.
Kedgeree has been a breakfast favourite since Queen Victoria and the
days of the old Raj. An Anglo-Indian preparation
was somewhat elevated. The rice had a rich yellow hue from spices and
had the consistency of an Italian risotto. The eggs were quails’ and
the grilled haddock was perched on top rather than finding itself
broken into petals and mixed with the rice. A more refined
presentation, and a delicious take on a classic British favourite.
Other dishes at Indigo also warrant mentions. The Crab and Chilli
Risotto is a flavourful preparation and well worth trying. A creamy
texture with a subtle suspicion of chilli. Plenty of seafood and an
attractive coral colour. If you are a lover of more substantial fare
then consider the Fish Pie which was well received by guests on the
adjoining table and was a substantial serving.
Desserts tend to be a treat. Very few of us have the time to prepare a
sweet during the week. Sunday brunch at Indigo offers the ideal
opportunity to have a leisurely meal with a decadent finale. The
brownies here were popular; the Banana Split came highly recommended
and it was indeed the sort of pud that would make any diner feel like a
kid again. Soft bananas with a crunchy sugar crust, chocolate and
vanilla ice cream and fruit. Two spoons and a couple of cups of
espresso and we were replete, complete and ready for the week.
Indigo at One Aldwich is an overlooked treasure. Grab a table on the
balcony above the Lobby Bar. Enjoy the views from the magnificent dark
wood-framed windows. Take a couple of hours to unwind and remember why
Sundays were invented. Indigo does it well. Amazing value for money.
1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RH
Tel: 020 7300 0400
Fax: 020 7300 0401
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