Glamorous and stylish all-day dining restaurant opens in Holborn
There’s a new restaurant in town. 42 Holborn, situated at 42 Holborn (love an easy to find restaurant), is a new all-day dining restaurant with a menu crafted by Executive Chef, Erdal Atas.
The beautifully designed dining room boasts exceptionally high ceilings, a stand out blue and copper bar with bottles displayed from floor to ceiling, and stylish elegant furniture. As an ode to its name, the restaurant also has 42 items on the menu – a diverse range which makes it near impossible to decide, as each dish sounds more delicious than the last.
The bar has a plethora of trained and creative mixologists, crafting house classics, as well as some interesting twists including the Las Canteras Martini, mixed with Absolut Vodka, sake, yuzu juice, apple juice and basic and the Maspalomas Spritz with Beefeater gin, cherries, raspberries, pink grapefruit, apple and blood orange.
The food menu is easy to navigate and split out into sections: small plates; meat; fish; plant based; salad; pasta; sides and dessert. The idea of the menu, in my opinion, is to dine sharing style. However, the dishes are very large and incredibly reasonably priced, so just bear that in mind when ordering.
To start, we were dining as a three and opted for the Tuna Tartare, Beef Tataki and Garlic King Prawns that were pan fried in garlic, chilli and olive oil. It’s clear the chef has fine dining in mind, as each dish is so beautifully presented, it almost looks too good to eat… almost. Each dish was flavourful and tasty, with bright colours and interesting flavours. The portion sizes for starters were a little large, which we did feedback to the chef during soft opening.
For main course, we went for Lamb Cutlets, Sirloin Steak and Grilled Chicken Skewers, although we were tempted by other dishes too, including Galician Octopus served with baby potatoes, smoked paprika and aioli and a Fried Goat Cheese, Walnut and Pear Salad. Side dishes are ordered separately, and we went for Truffle Mash and Sauteed Greens. Each dish had a great depth of flavour and was fresh and interesting. The truffle mash in particular was a little bit naughty – we loved it.
The space is really beautiful too, the high vaulted ceilings give the space an almost church-esque feel. When visiting, be sure to hit the loos – I really love a standout toilet – and in the ladies, each toilet is a scarlet red colour. I love small design details like this that really make an impact and Instagrammable moment.
Pudding time. There was a really nice range of desserts, including Spanish Flan, a Walnut & Almond Brownie and some delicious home made Ice Creams. I’m a sucker for a Classic Tiramisu and this one didn’t disappoint with rich layers of cream, chocolate and coffee flavours. Truly delicious.
I foresee this new central London destination to be a great success – particularly during the busy London Christmas season.
Visit the website to find out more www.42holborn.com