28-50 Maddox Street, an unforgettable dining experience
Positioned just off Regent Street, you have a wine and dine bistro – 28-50, which prides itself in having one of the most unique wine lists in London, changing every three months. The menu, designed by Michelin Star chef Aggi Sverrisson, covers a whole range of modern European specials within the two-storey restaurant.
28-50 is elegant and chic, something made evident as soon as you enter. From the ambient lighting to the rustic brick walls and the feature-length champagne bar it makes you feel warm, welcome and really sets the scene for the dining experience. A unique aspect to this restaurant is that they do food-pairings, selecting the best wine for your courses. With 15 reds and 15 whites as well as a unique ‘Collectors’ List’ of fine wines you are guaranteed the perfect pairing every time.
They have a great selection of starters, including four different fish dishes and a spectacular looking seafood platter as well as other classics including smoked ham hock and an heirloom tomato salad. I decided to go for Goose & mustard terrine which I had never tried before. This was a brilliant option and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Arriving on the table on a wooden board, well presented with homemade bread and cornichons on the side, this was a starter to savour.
My partner also ordered something different (to the typical soup she always orders!) and went for the Tomato gazpacho. This is a cold dish and comes out with cucumber, Kalamata olives and basil and really went down a treat. The basil really blended well with the tomatoes giving them a pleasant texture with a powerful flavour.
Being a great fan of lamb I had to go for the Norfolk horn lamb rump with new season garlic, Cornish new potatoes and lamb sauce with an added side dish of cauliflower, parmesan and tahini salad. It was delivered rare as requested, and the meat had marinated perfectly with the garlic and lamb sauce allowing a unique flavour. Tender and smooth this dish is one of their specialty’s and I would highly recommend it. My partner went for the Scottish Ribeye, an Aberdeen Angus x, 28day aged steak, with béarnaise sauce accompanied with triple cooked chips. The steak arrived medium-rare and had the béarnaise sauce drizzled over, giving the steak a unique flavour which I had never tasted before. (This was the most delicious steak I have ever tried!)
The wine paired with our mains was a Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from 2009. It was rich and full of flavour, the earthy taste to the wine really stood out without being too rich but still complimenting both mains.
Being a dessert lover I noticed early on when looking at the menu that they had the Eton mess on offer which is a big favourite of mine and was a must when ordering. My partner decided to go for the white chocolate & cherry crème brȗlée.
The Eton mess was a delicious blend of raspberry’s, meringue, cream and strawberries with a sprinkle of mint leaves all blended together to give a delicious taste which left the bowl squeaky clean – If you have a sweet tooth this is not to be passed on! The crème brȗlée was light and full of flavour- the white chocolate didn’t overpower the taste, only enhanced It. Sometimes restaurants over cook their crème brȗlée but the texture of this was spot on.
Paired with our dessert was a wine called Cabidos Petit Manseng Doux This was a dessert wine which was elegant in its own right, sweet, but not too sweet that it was over powering. Flattering alongside our desserts, this wine was flawless.
Overall this restaurant was a real treat and should certainly be considered for any occasion.As well as the delicious tastes and the exceptional staff, the reasonable pricing makes it a must in our eyes.
17-19 Maddox street