I was invited along to review the winter set menu at The Jam Cupboard restaurant, part of Rydges hotel in Kensington. Arriving a little later than 7pm, the restaurant was quiet but still warm and inviting with elegant modern decor.
We decided to let our hair down and share a bottle of wine between the two of us and were surprised at how big the glasses were. It was a quirky addition to our meal.
I opted for the black pudding croquettes and gosh I’m glad I did. They were little pockets of heaven to eat. Light on the inside with a crispy outer part served together with a creamy mayonnaise. I have never ordered black pudding before and this was such a wonderful surprise. I love black pudding for breakfast but never would I have thought how elegant and delicate they could be served.
I chose confit of chicken for my main and as wonderful as the starter was, the chicken was disappointing. The mustard sauce was a nice addition to the chicken but it didn’t mask that the chicken was bland. The best part of the dish was the potatoes which were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and complimented the mustard sauce well.
Every woman loves a little bit of chocolate and I couldn’t resist picking the chocolate mousse for dessert. The chocolate was sweet and light whilst the berry compote was tangy and with the addition of the vanilla cream, was a lovely dish to end the meal. Although I would like to add that although it was pleasant to eat, it wasn’t a dish that stood out and in all honesty, was a little boring.
Overall, the winter set menu was a nice treat for an evening especially at the low price of £19.95 for 3 courses. However, I did feel that after falling in love with the croquettes, the courses served after were disappointing and average at best.
- The Jam Cupboard, London