Back in May I told you about a brand new food joint – Kooks. I went along to the launch party to have a reccy, but I didn’t have chance to review the menu. And then last Tuesday I was invited down to sample a three-course meal with my friend Ben. (This means you get two-for-one on the opinion front and a male perspective too.)
We kicked off with some cocktails – is there a better way? I ordered a Pimm’s – £7.50 (with the heatwave and Wimbledon on – it was a natural choice) and Ben went for the Moscow Mule – £7.50. They were good, seriously good.
I had chicken parfait with toasted brioche – £4.50 and Ben went for the parma ham purse with melon, mozzarella, mango puree and mint leaves – £5.
Our starters came out swiftly, exquisitely presented on slate tiles and garnished with bright orange nasturtiums. I think the way a restaurant plates up makes a big impression on how the food tastes and the chef did a marvellous job of making both dishes look absolutely irresistible.
The parfait and toasted brioche went down a treat with us both, especially with the sweet red onion marmalade to compliment. There was plenty of parfait and it was so tasty that I found myself spooning the remainder straight into my mouth once the brioche was all gone – yum!
Ben’s starter was also heavenly. The sweet melon and mango puree with the savoury parma ham, a winning combo. Portions were also just the right size allowing just enough room for the next course…
We both wanted steak so we decided on the sirloin steak with chimichurri, grilled baby leak and sweet potato chips – £15, as well as the sliced steak salad with croutons, cajun spice and tomato and basil dressing – £14.
Ben was very impressed with the salad (which was not just any salad I might add) it was fresh and full of flavour (especially the basil dressing) and surprisingly filling. His only criticism was the steak should have been either hot or cold. It was lukewarm which was a bit in-between for his liking.
I ordered my steak rare, but it came medium, so no pink at all. A shame as it was a really good cut of meat with no grisly bits what so ever. The pesto sauce was a welcome alternative to the routine peppercorn or bearnaise and Ben suggested a red pesto might be work even better. Oh and the sweet potato chips were delicious too, nice and crispy as they should be!
At this point I was ready to be rolled out of the restaurant, but we still had dessert to tuck into. Ben ordered apple strudel and ice cream – £5.50 whilst I went for the chocolate brownie, cream and shot of Toblerone cocktail – £6.50.
I can’t express how divine the Toblerone shot. Sweet but not sickly and a great accompaniment to the soft gooey-brownie – we both loved it. (I even came along at the end of the week just to have the Toblerone cocktail on its own). Ben’s plate was completely empty after dessert too so I take that as a big thumbs up!
PRICE: £35pp for 3 courses and cocktails
RATING: Must Go | Worth A Try | Give It A Miss
Although it wasn’t perfect, for the price it was excellent value for money, in a fab setting with attentive and friendly staff. A thoroughly enjoyable meal and boy can the cocktails knock you out too if you’re not careful!
56 Gardner Street
*Disclosure: I was invited to dine in exchange for an honest & fair review.