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Monday, 6 January 2014

Restaurant Review - Tuttons Covent Garden

I love Covent Garden, it's such a vibrant area of London with lots to see and do. Right on the east side of the piazza area is Tuttons. An institution for the last 30 years, in 2012 it had a makeover by interior designer Russell Sage. Now the furnishings are red retro luxe, with shiny mirrors and blanquette seating and the menu is traditional brassiere with an emphasis on great British produce.




We were warmly welcomed on a Thursday night by the staff who knew we were coming - always a good sign. Tuttons was busy and had a great vibe, with lots of eager conversation. The menu had a range of prices and a pre and post theatre menu for those watching the pennies. I was worried that service would be slow, but our order was taken quickly but a very efficient waitress. We ordered the the house white while we waited for our food. It was very pleasant for a house wine, clean and fresh with some acidity but not too sharp. 

Then the starters. The onion soup came first, with a plentiful amount of onions. Not like a traditional dark French onion soup - this was light with touches of cider and was simple, well seasoned and yet delicious. My choice was the scallops. These were set on a butternut squash puree and topped with crispy bacon and a salad garnish. I am a big fan of scallops and these were adeptly cooked.  One slight criticism, I may be wrong but it appeared that the bacon was cooked in advance and added at the end as you didn't get the flavour of the bacon juices mingled with the scallops. Still a tasty dish.





Scallops and Onion Soup

Then the mains. I had the belly pork which came with green beans and a red wine sauce on a bed of bubble and squeak. I have to say this was delicious. The belly pork was very well cooked, the meat melted in my mouth, the green beans were al dente and just right, and the red wine sauce rich in depth and tasty. The bubble and squeak I felt could have had more texture, it was quite smooth, but that's just my personal preference. 

My husband had the pan roasted corn fed chicken breast with pancetta in a mushroom and red wine sauce. In this dish the chicken was juicy and tender and the herby sauce was a perfect compliment to the meat. I just had to have a taste of this as it looked so inviting and both my husband and myself agreed this was a very scrumptious dish.


Pan roasted chicken breast and belly pork - before and after!

For dessert I had the bakewell tart with a peach creme fraiche whilst my husband skipped this course and instead had a glass of port. I have to say this was the nicest dessert that I have had in a long time. This flavourful tart had just enough almond flavour, with a thin layer of jam, and was served warm, the creme fraiche would have been simpler served without the peach I thought but it actually added a nice twist - and with one taste I was in heaven. 

Heavenly Bakewell Tart

Competition in Covent Garden is fierce and food needs to be spot on and keenly priced whilst providing excellent quality. Well Tuttons ticks all those boxes. Added to this fact are friendly efficient staff and you can't really go wrong.

They also have a special offer at the moment - if you quote "20 % January" when booking you will get 20% off your food bill. 

Let me know if you have been there and what you think!

Recommended 

*I was given a free meal for a honest review


The Details
Address:  11/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ

Telephone: 0844 371 2550

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37 comments:

  1. That all looks absolutely delicious!
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    1. It was a lovely meal Kate. Why don't you check it out when you are in London next?

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  2. The food looks delicious
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  3. They look delicious! Will drop by if I'm there!

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  4. Food looks great, but I would be interested in know the cost on a review

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  5. That looks delicious, now I'm hungry :)

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  6. sounds lovely especially the desert

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  7. Oh wow the food looks amazing and onion soup, mmmm. Mouth watering!

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  8. lovely! defo one to keep in mind when I visit London next! x

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  9. The food looks lovely. You sound like you have a much more refined palate than me, I'd just inhale the lot!

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    1. Ha Ha I like it Louisa! I just love good food.

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  10. Ooh looks absolutely fabulous there - know Covent Garden really well and never been :)

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  11. Lovely review its always nice in a restaurant if staff are friendly.

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    1. The staff were very good I must admit, nothing seemed like too much trouble for them.

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  12. That sounds great - I love belly pork and the Bakewell tart looks yummy!

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  13. It looks so pretty :)

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  14. This looks yummy! I love Scallops, I might try and take advantage of the 20% off if I make into London this month. Great interior too x

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    1. Make sure you book in advance to take account of the offer.

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  15. Looks great, I will try and remember if next time we stay down in London.

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  16. Mmmm....great choices, and the pics made my mouth water, so they must have tasted darn good :-) x

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    1. It's made me hungry too looking at the photos again.

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  17. That restaurant looks lovely and the food looks gorgeous x

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  18. Looks fab - and I love the red leather seating too - give it an opulent feel x

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    1. I do love the makeover, it does make it feel opulent.

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  19. You've convinced me! I shall check this out next time I'm in London. x

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  20. I love Covent Garden and these photos. L x

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    1. Thank you, It's hard to get the exposure right on a phone though.

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  21. This looks sensational, Lindsay! I love Covent Garden this time of year.

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    1. Covent Garden is great anytime of year :)

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