X’mas Eve @ Bernerds Tavern, Edition Horel

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Hope you are having a joyous holiday with your loved ones.
Hubbie & I are having a lazy lie-in this morning because we stayed up rather late last night. We celebrated our Christmas Eve at Berners Taverm, The London Edition on Berners Street.
I was eyeing this particular restaurant with curiosity every time I caught a glimpse of their amazing looking dining room through the windows. So when Hubbie asked me where I would like to be taken to for the dinner on the 24th, I didn’t hesitate to nominate the place.

We arrived at the hotel at 19:00 sharp. The hotel was a stone’s throw from the Sanderson, by the way…


A funky looking Christmas tree graced the lobby…


The restaurant was busy with brimful of diners already…


Don’t you love their decor?…


Shortly afterward, we were led to our table…


Every space on the walls was hung with frames arts and it was quite a sight…


From my seat, I could get a glimpse of their sleek kitchen and I loved the contrast between modem and old-fashioned…


For starters, I had “Orkney scallop ceviche, avocado, radish, baby gem, jalapeño and lime ice”…


I had no idea what to expect from the description on the menu. It was best described as “a mini salad arrangement for finicky eater”. The green blob in the middle was avocado sorbet. It was a fun to eat dish.

Hubbie opted for “Egg, Ham & Pea”…


Deep fried Clarence Court duck egg, mushy peas and crispy Cumbrian ham. It seemed to be the most popular starter and everyone else was ordering it too.

The service at the restaurant was an absolute top class…


The staffs were very knowledgeable and attentive. Discreet yet very amicable. We had a few brief but entertaining chat with them.

For main course, we decided share “Roasted shoulder of Romney Marsh lamb, chargrilled cabbage, roasted parsnips and mint pesto”…


When the dish was brought out to the table, I went momentarily speechless because it looked HUGE!
The waiter carved meat off the bone and distributed it on our plates. Can I manage it? I was in serious doubt…


The lamb tasted delicious. It was succulent and flavoursome. The mint pesto was minty but not overpowering. And the duck fat chips, they were divine! I ate as much as I could, but yet again, I was defeated by the volume of the serving. Across the table, I could see Hubbie was struggling with it too. While his jaw moving mechanically, his eyes were fixed to no certain point and glazed over, as if he was contemplating when to throw the towel in.
I patted his hand which was clenching a fork and whispered, ‘You can put it down now. Or otherwise you can’t have dessert’.

Then, it was time for dessert. I opted for “Warm cinnamon donut, 70% chocolate ganache, almond sorbet”…


When it was brought to me like this, I wasn’t very impressed. But who wouldn’t? A ball in the dish and 2 scoops of plain-looking sorbet in a separate bowl???
I just looked up at the waitress with a perplexed expression. And she nodded at me with a sympathetic smile, ‘I know. Just break the donut and have it with the sorbet. They taste amazing together’.

So I did exactly that…


And she was right, it tasted fantastic!!
The person who invented it was a genius. It blew me away. The harmony created by bitter chocolate ganache, cinnamon and almond was distinctive yet complimentary. And eating a freshly made hot donuts with ice-cold sorbet was amazing.

While I was raving about my dessert, Hubbie quietly enjoyed his “Toasted coconut crème brûlée, pineapple,,coconut and Malibu sorbet”…


Have you ever seen crème brûlée in a square shape?

With our tummy more than full, we walked out to the lobby. Then, I noticed a large egg shape mirror suspended from the ceiling…


Why didn’t I spot it when I walked in? I was too hungry to see anything else other than the entrance to the restaurant!

After picking up our car at his office, we detoured to Trafalgar Square…


It started to rain hard and the square was completely deserted. Still, I was very happy to see the tree illuminated eventually…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

7 thoughts on “X’mas Eve @ Bernerds Tavern, Edition Horel

  1. Cute names for the salad and duck egg. My mouth is watering just by imagining eating lamb with mint then cinnamon donut with bitter chocolate. Mmmm. Yum! Happy holidays indeed! 🙂

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