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 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!
Heavenly Bakewell Tart
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!
*I was given a free meal for an honest review
Address: 11/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ
Telephone: 0844 371 2550