The Big Gay Al's Food Adventures
Last night was one of the regular dinners with my Dad. We try and go out at least once a month for dinner and drinks so that we have quality time, catch up and just bond over some hopefully good food and drink. Sometimes it’s just us two, sometimes it’s with partners, but it’s just nice to try and make time for each other, and the importance of this is even clearer over the last year.
We usually take turns to choose somewhere to eat, and last night Dad excelled himself having booked dinner at The Northall Restaurant in The Corinthia Hotel. This isn’t somewhere I had been before and I don’t think I even knew it was there but it was a rather spectacular venue to say the least.
We met as we often do for a drink beforehand in a pub close to the dinner venue. After the obligatory pint of Old Speckled Hen at The Sherlock Holmes we went direct to the hotel to have a drink in the hotel bar before dinner. There are a couple of bars in The Corinthia, and we chose The Northall Bar adjacent to The Northall Restaurant where we were booked.
We were seated at one of the tables in the bar and quickly served with some aperitifs and snacks. I had my customary G&T while dad had a Negroni – a long time favourite. It’s funny how sometimes it’s the little details are the ones that make the biggest impression, here the Hendricks was served in the ideal 50ml measure with a sophisticated cucumber roll (better than the spear of cucumber so many bars serve today, if you get cucumber at all). I was especially taken by the way the drinks were served on little linen coasters with serviettes. See – I’m easily pleased really!
After our drink we were shown through to the dining room, again a stunning but informal dining area decorated in a very mid-century modern style.
Next of course is dessert. While dad went for ice cream, I opted for a rhubarb dish.
Despite not knowing exactly what it was, I ordered the Warm Rhubarb Financier, Vanilla Cream, Rhubarb Purée and Rhubarb Crisp. I still don’t know what a Rhubarb Financier is – sort of a rhubarb crumble cake/pie?! What I do know is that it was delicious and perfect to follow the pork as the sweet and sharp rhubarb perfectly cleansed the palette after such a rich main course.
A couple of espressos to end the meal were accompanied by a delicious selection of little petit fours.
All in all, it was a very nice meal indeed.
Led by Executive Head Chef Garry Hollihead, The Northall celebrates the Great British Kitchen. Showcasing the breadth of Britain’s culinary strengths, the menu focuses on seasonality, sustainability, and traceability through close relationships with artisan producers.
I think that Garry Holihead’s approach and focus absolutely pays off, and all in all combined with the high service levels provided by The Corinthia staff and the stunning setting, this provided a very memorable meal. This most certainly has the Big Gay Al’s seal of approval and is highly recommended. I will be returning.
Thanks Dad for a wonderful meal and introducing me to somewhere new. I guess the challenge is now for me to find somewhere for next month!