Davina here - Last weekend Nick's parents had Elfie for a night to give us a rest before baby number 2 arrives and they also gave us some money to go out for a meal as a gift for Nick's birthday so we took full advantage! Nick really enjoys researching good interesting new places to eat and booked us a table at Lyles's Restaurant in Shoreditch, which serves contemporary british food. It was perfect location for us as we can get to Shoreditch High Street station in under 20 minutes on the Overground train from Brockley.
To be honest I hadn't given the meal much thought as we have been so busy prepping the house for building work on our kitchen and bathroom that started this Monday but I must say Nick had and was very excited. I gave myself my usual 10 minutes to get ready, which normally involves changing clothes and whacking some lipstick and clogs on and left the house with no expectations at all. However, when we arrived at Lyle's Restaurant I got excited straight away and had a good feeling immediately about the place.
The restaurant is super close to Shoredicth High Street Station being located in the Tea Building. The decor is minimal but elegant and there is a very generous amount of space between tables, which makes it intimate and not too noisy! (one of my pet hates about eating out in East London).
The evening menu is a set 5 small course seasonal menu, which Nick and I both love as there is an element of surprise (the menu changes every day) and of course it makes your life easy when you don't have to choose. Also it makes the meal more fun as you can share your impressions of the food together. It costs £39 for the set menu, which for a Saturday night and five courses seemed quite reasonable to me. The wine menu is also well priced with glasses of wine starting at £3.50 (in Shoreditch!!!!).
But of course what really matters is the food. And let me tell you it was delicious - beyond delicious - it was exceptional. The ingredients were simple and few but the flavours complimented each other perfectly - as if almost meant to be together! There was a lot of play with sweet and salt, which I always love and everything was so well cooked and tender.
Here are some pictures of what we ate:
And the Romantic Bit...
Nick and I have been struggling to choose a name for baby number 2 for months now - literary 8 months! I have one name that I have always loved and it was on my list from day one but Nick didn't seem that keen and I didn't really like any of the names he was suggesting - I just didn't connect with them. Anyway during the meal I went to the toilet and came back and on my plate there was a beautiful acrylic (mirror effect) name necklace with the name that I have loved from day one. I was so surprised and overwhelmed by the gesture that I did shed a little tear (sucker). I was and am so happy that Nick does like the name and wants to go for it but even more happy that he still makes romantic gestures after 11 years of being together. Thank you Mr Marsh for your endless wooing and thank you Jeni for making the necklace and keeping it a secret (although you did almost give it almost now I think about it!)
Have you been out for any amazing meals lately? if so please do share and also I'd love to hear about how you and your partner decided on names for your children - it is such a big decision.