It feels like such a long time ago now but I lived in Fitzrovia from 2005 – 2010. I lived in a wonderful flat just off Goodge Street. Back then the food scene was limited to only a few good restaurants. I spent most of my time drinking in Charlotte Street Hotel (oh how I miss those days) and dining at Fino (now sadly closed).
For special occasions I would head to Pied à Terre or Roka. I’d often meet friends in Soho or Mayfair for meals out. Now the area has completely transformed, it’s bursting with amazing restaurants – I regret ever leaving!
When I heard that chefs Jun Tanaka (The Ninth), Ben Tish (Salt Yard) and Allan Pickett (Piquet) were collaborating for a special event: ‘The Fitzrovia Collective’ I knew it was a night I couldn’t miss.
Plus I recently visited The Ninth and was totally blown away by the skill in the kitchen – so knew this event would be a winner.
‘The Fitzrovia Collective’ is a series of one-night-only dinners offering a six-course tasting menu with the option of wine pairing.
The evening began with a wonderfully crisp Lampo Prosecco served with House bread sticks with anchovy and crème fraiche mousse (Piquet). Followed was Salt Yard’s delicious Pinchos of slow cooked Dorset snail, Iberico pancetta and potato – the Iberico had just the right amount of fat.
Our favourite of the night was the Flamed mackerel, pickled cucumber and sea pursiane cooked by The Ninth.
Up next was Piquet’s heavenly Roast seabass with yeasted cauliflower purée and mushroom persillade.
To finish was The Ninth’s Tart Tatin – it was an absolute thing of beauty! The pastry was light just how it should be and the caramalised apples – just wow. It was served with rosemary ice cream, a first for me but it didn’t disappoint.
I left the restaurant happy and content my only regret of the evening was that I was no longer a of resident of this blooming neighbourhood.