This year, I have definitely formed new friendships, become closer to other friends and lost a fair share too. However, I think i’ve gained the most friendship of all, with my fellow Dynamic Duo, Binny. We truly have a special connection, like true friends should have. Binny recently travelled to Dubai and India for what felt like years and the day she arrived, I was flying out on a press trip to Budapest. Between bad connection WhatsApp calls and quick fired messages when both our timezones found us awake at the same hour, we didn’t talk much. So, there was an overdue catch up waiting to happen.
We picked Sea Containers at Mondrian London for our special catch up dinner. It truly doesn’t get more magical than that, especially with the early nights and the beautiful scenic London lighting. Perfection.
We picked up the drinks menu and ordered ourselves a glass of Perrier Jouët. One of my favourite champagnes! I particularly love the specific champagne glasses that are always served when you order Perrier Jouët. So cool!
The menu at Sea Containers is a small plate style menu, which was great. Often enough we share what we order, so it just makes it easier this way. Ordering a series of different dishes, they just came as soon as they were ready.
The padron peppers were the first to arrive, full of flavour and well seasoned. I often find padron peppers are super addictive, you can’t just have one or two!
The oven roasted lamb meatballs were one of my favourite dishes, they were so moist and well spiced. They also came with a lovely Moroccan style vinaigrette drizzled over the top that just added that extra bit of taste.
Binny loves a good burrata. However, i’m not normally a fan. If it isn’t made nicely, I won’t touch it. If it’s good quality, I will try a bit. During the many times we have been out and about together this year, I have to say I think this was my favourite burrata. It didn’t have the weird squidgy texture I normally find it has. Although I felt the portion size was a little small. It was served with a lovely tomato salad and crusty, toasted sourdough bread.
The gnocchi with tomato fondue and parmesan was a whole meal in itself. It was quite a large portion for a sharing plate, but it was one of the tastiest non-meat dishes. Different a dish to order, if you’re dining at Sea Containers, Mondrian London.
The winter flatbread definitely gets you ready for the cold weather and festive season with the toppings. Caramelised onion, chestnuts, purple kale, truffle. However, I wasn’t that keen on the flatbread, I felt like there was too many different flavours, also the sweet and savoury mix isn’t something I would choose to have on bread.
We originally wanted the clay oven roasted cod with braised puy lentil and coriander, minus the bacon. However, we were told they had run out of cod fillets which was a shame. We still decided to have some fish, so we ordered the salt cod fritters with citrus aioli. They just weren’t to our taste at all, we both had a bite each and left the rest. The fishy taste was so overpowering. I’m also a fan of fish being covered with a light batter normally, but this was a mash potato like coating that was just inedible. We wished we had never ordered it.
Thes service was good, but I feel like the fact they were all wearing jeans and trainers was a little degrading for a five star luxury hotel’s restaurant. Most other hotel restaurants I have visited, like the Langham for example, all they waiters are in full suits with ties. That’s the standard I feel should be upheld.
I would say the food at Sea Containers, Mondrian London was a bit hit and miss really, which is a shame as I had high hopes for it. Saying that, friends of mine have been before and absolutely loved it. Maybe it just wasn’t to our taste. If I went back, I would definitely order a few alternative things.
Star Rating for Sea Containers, Mondrian London:
Until next time…