Lanes of London are very kindly offering the staff where I work a discount on their small plates so it was obviously imperative that I went to check them out. The restaurant is situated in the Marriot hotel on Park Lane and is oh so beautifully elegant. It has a delightfully quaint but relaxed vibe and with luxurious leather seating and glamourous details it really does feel like a treat.
They offer a mixture of sides, mains and small plates but from the moment I saw the menu I knew the small plates would be for me. There are lots to choose from and they all sounded incredible but the ones that stuck out as the winners were obvious. We ordered the following: Masala fries with curry sauce / Salt baked pumpkin, black quinoa, goat’s curd, pumpkin seeds / Meantime ale battered fish, hand cut chips, minted peas, tartare sauce / Duck hash, fried duck egg, hp sauce / Beef brisket sliders, roasted bone marrow, horseradish cream / Crispy soft shell crab, fennel, chilli, apple and for dessert we had the East India Dock ginger cake and Sticky toffee ice cream tin. They were ALL sublime. I really do mean it when I say that each dish was a masterpiece and I wouldn’t even be able to rank them fairly if I tried.
The masala fries with curry sauce were basically extremely upmarket ‘chips and curry sauce’ and were without a doubt the most perfect way to start a meal. The duck hash absolutely blew my fucking mind. I would do pretty much ANYTHING to have it back in my mouth right now. Other favourites have to be the soft shell crab and the sticky toffee ice cream but I am struggling to find the words to describe how amazing it all was. The presentation of everything was on point and it was all so fresh and well cooked. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING was less than perfect.
I’d also like to mention that the waiting staff were delightful and our waiter Jackimo without a doubt made my evening. Him and the duck hash!