Food Porn: Podium in Park Lane’s Hilton

On Friday I changed into my glad drags and put on my ‘its the weekend’ face to have dinner at the Podium in Park Lane’s Hilton. The 3 course dinner for 2 was a Christmas present from my Uncle, so I firstly want to say a massive thank you to him, for what was a fantastic evening of wining and dining.

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As we walked into the Hilton we were greeted by the doorman, complete with top hat and then a very pretty lady in the lobby whose job, as far as I could tell, was to simply to greet the patrons. We entered the restaurant to have our coats hung up and chairs pulled out. We were introduced to our waitress Maria who left us to peruse the menus over some deliciously warm bread.

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With a menu like that, I can’t say the choice was easy but for start I settled on the duck spring roll with hoisin sauce and  mixed salad. Needless to say it got the meal off to a delicious start.

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 Harry on the other hand opted for the Blue Cheese Pannacotta with a pear crumble and walnut salad.

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For the main course I chose the Roasted corn fed chicken served with celeriac Dauphinoise and caramelised chicory. The chicken was beautifully tender and I enjoyed the accompaniments but I had the lingering memory of the chicken dish I’d had down at The Sportsman at Seasalter over the Christmas period and that, in all honesty, blew this one out of the water.

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Harry’s very impressively presented choice was Seared Duck Breast, a bed of lentils, kumquat sauce and sarladaise potato. As put by my dinner buddy in his oh-so-eloquent way the sarladaise potatoes were ‘the sexiest ready salted crisps he’s ever had’, so I’m taking that as a very positive review.

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Desserts for me are always a tough choice. I was tempted to follow Harry into the Caramelized apple & cinnamon crème brûlée, which when it arrived had the perfect golden crunch to the caramelised sugar.

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Instead however my gut led me back to the one and only chocolate option on the menu, mandarin dark chocolate parfait with honeycomb and it certainly did not disappoint in presentation or in taste, it was my favourite course of the three.

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 Hilton, as you don’t need me to tell you, is a name that promises an incredibly high level of quality and service. I would recommend the Podium restaurant for a special occasion, you won’t be disappointed. Personally, I prefer the shabbier places. I find they offer a more personal service than the high brow approach but I think that’s just because I don’t feel I fit in in the Mayfair lifestyle but I do like the times when I get to pretend.

Where do you go when you want to treat yourself?

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2 Comments

    • March 26, 2015 / 9:51 am

      It was amazing! Not near my normal price range by any means but lovely as a special treat! X

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