It’s such a wonderful time of year
Filled with happiness and good cheer
December began with a three-course meal
An afternoon treat in the heart of London
Getting away from the hustle and bustle
Swapping the chaos for a more festive experience
Serving flavour, spice and everything nice
Delivering a fast and friendly service
Adding to the ambience, a round of Christmas crackers
Let the festivities begin whilst we wait for the first course
Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy this journey of sensational food.
Let me be clear, food excites me, but I don’t talk about it often on the blog. Today involves how I began my festive season with a three-course meal at Belgo – Holborn, courtesy of Bookatable*. A massive thank you to the brand for inviting me to get involved with their festive dining campaign. Searching the website for the ideal restaurant was simple. Regardless of the event, there was a category that would suit any plan. Depending on the budget (under £30), the occasion (festive afternoon tea), or a specific day (New Year’s Eve). On the day of the meal, Bookatable sent a reminder about the booking with all the details. I thought this was a great idea, on the slight chance the individual may have forgotten or didn’t have the details written down.
The perfect way to begin a three-course meal, teasing my taste buds enough to get me excited for the main meal. The sizing was ideal that it eased my hunger just enough so I could patiently wait for the second course. The started was sautéed chestnut mushrooms in a cream and tarragon sauce, served in a tasty pastry case. There was a good balance between the quantity of sauce to the crispness of the pasty. I happily enjoyed my starter with no complaints.
For my main meal, I wanted to go for the traditional roast option. The dish was filling, I particularly enjoyed the sage and onion stuffing, packed with flavour, it was truly delicious. I haven’t had honey roasted parsnips in a while, this meal reminded me of why I choose to include it when making a roast dinner. Whilst everything was rich in taste, I still have two critiques for the Turkey Ballotine option. I would have prefered to have more vegetables on my plate and either more gravy or sauce on the side. As the size of the potatoes seemed to absorb the little gravy that was on my plate quite quickly making my meal slightly dry at times.
The best way to describe my dessert would be heavenly. Belgian style waffles with honeycomb ice-cream, salted caramel sauce, chocolate popping candy and toasted hazelnuts. To say the least, I was impressed, typically I don’t enjoy salted caramel, but this mixture of flavours worked so well that I hardly noticed. The honeycomb ice-cream was delightful, it was my first time trying this flavour and all I want now is more honeycomb. The toasted hazelnuts were a great addition to the dessert, reminding me of the festive winter season.
A three-course meal is a mission, you need to have time to fully enjoy each meal and digest before the next course arrives. I left Belgo – Holborn happy, filled and content. It was a great experience and value for money, the chefs prepared each meal with care and the waiters checked up on me throughout my meal. Regardless of how many courses you wish to enjoy, whether it’s two (£24.50) or three (£29.50) you’ll enjoy the entire experience.
What’s your favourite meal during the festive season,
Happy holidays, until next time, stay fabulous,