The Elgin, Maida Vale Restaurant Review London

THE TEAM AT THE ELGIN HAVE A PASSION FOR CRAFT BEERS, GREAT WINES AND QUALITY SPIRITS

The Elgin
255 Elgin Avenue
London W9
Tel: 020 7625 5511

Having lived in Maida Vale for over 20 years I have had to put up with very little choice on the eating out front. Fortunately I now have The Elgin right on the parade of shops where I live in Elgin Avenue. Situated within a stone’s throw of the tube it is a buzzy and lively place. Apparently, it’s full of yummy mummies at lunchtime, but in the evening it is definitely a hip and happening spot full of thirty something’s looking for a good night out.
The interior has a metropolitan, almost industrial feel, with raw RSJ’s, wooden floors, and seating. Music is played at a volume a little too loud for my liking but it seemed to suit the environment.

THE TEAM AT THE ELGIN HAVE A PASSION FOR CRAFT BEERS, GREAT WINES AND QUALITY SPIRITS

The menu changes daily according to market produce and is all cooked from scratch. It is the sort of place you can just have a snack or a three course meal, and there are plates to share, such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, if you just fancy a cheap bite with friends.

From the choice of seven small plates I began with crunchy asparagus, perfectly salty speck ham, with a soft poached egg. Not only was it beautifully presented but it tasted divine. A wonderful melange for the taste buds. We also tried some tapas-style braised beef croquettes which were served crisp and piping hot with some zingy mustard, adding a good touch of spice.

To follow, I had a spicy king prawn, mussel and pollock stew. This was plentiful and satisfying, piquant in its flavours, and took me straight back to sunshine filled holidays in the Med. My guest’s sea bream came with slow cooked fennel, tomatoes and olives; he commented it was very well cooked with good pronounced flavours. To drink, we tried a bottle of Cote de Provence Rose, which was a very dry, with fresh and light overtones.

For pudding we shared a rich and satisfying caramelised pear tart with a toffee glaze. It was light in texture and plenty for two to share and came with a zesty stem ginger ice cream which proved a pleasing end to our feasting.

The Elgin has really cheered up my local area. It’s the sort of place it’s a pleasure to go into as the casually dressed welcoming staff seem genuinely pleased to see you. It’s perfect for large groups, or a first date, where you don’t want to be seen to be trying too hard. They also have a huge light and airy upstairs room that can be hired out for private functions. As for me, all I have to do is stumble back across the road afterwards. How perfect is that?

Louise Elgin. June 2013.
A meal for two with wine and water is about £40 a head.

The Elgin
255 Elgin Avenue
London W9
Tel: 020 7625 5511

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