Last week, my friend Anne Germain and I visited M Victoria Street. Sue Hill was supposed to join us, but was unable to do so (get well soon Sue).
I had no idea what to expect in M, although I now know there are a couple of branches, I hadn’t seen one before; the Victoria Street branch has only been open a few months. It’s situated on one of the regenerated sites in Victoria Street.
The top floor is the wine shop – very tempting, but we managed to resist the urge and go straight downstairs to the restaurant. It’s not a huge restaurant but very stylishly designed. The ladies’ was particularly stunning with black embossed wallpaper. And they have a Japanese toilet that heats the seat, and a few other things…
Ok, it doesn’t look black here, but….
The restaurant is the creation of Chef Michael Reid, who trained at Le Gavroche and also with Gordon Ramsey. He opened the Threadneedle branch of M in December 2014.
There are two menus in the restaurant, the Raw and the Grill. Anne and I went on a “free-flowing Prosecco” deal, so had a mixture of both. And a very fine Prosecco it was.
Anne and I both have a number of food allergies, and I don’t eat red meat, so it can be challenging to feed us when we go out, but they managed very well at M.
The set menu included Puffed Beef – sort of Prawn Crackers but with beef, which looked delicious but neither of us could eat the wheat, so we passed on that one. There were also Edamame Beans with Firecracker Sauce, so we doubled up on these instead of the Puffed Beef. Anne and I both love edamame beans and the Firecracker Sauce was a delicious addition. It really was a firecracker.
We both had Cured Trout with Pears for starters, Anne without the buttermilk sauce. I suppose the clue is in that this came from the raw menu, although I didn’t know that at the time. I may have had raw trout before, in a Japanese restaurant, but this was very special. I really enjoyed it and it made me want to go back for more.
Anne went for steak for the main course, while I had Hake with beer-battered mussels and poached clams. And Anne’s chips. The Hake was delicious but the beer-battered mussels were even better… I could have had a whole plate of them. Anne told me that her steak was great too.
We decided against dessert, we had had quite enough food. I can’t write about this without mentioning our lovely waitress and waiter, Natalie and Cesar. They were so friendly and helpful, and helped to make our visit even better. When it quietened down we had a very friendly chat with them both.
We stayed drinking Prosecco for a bit longer before going home. Anne and I had a lovely day, and will be going back to M.
Thank you all at M Victoria Street for a great day out.
© Susan Shirley 2016