Friday, 13 January 2017 14:36

A fine dining experience at this hidden Westbourne gem

A fine dining experience at this hidden Westbourne gem

It's not easy to find a quality, 5-course dining experience for £30, but at this hidden gem in Westbourne you can. Angelique of Westbourne, made famous for French patisserie, is now opening it's doors in the evening and offering set price dining.

We went along on the 12th January to give the menu a try.

With a limit of just 20 covers, the dining area is small but with a warm atmosphere. It's currently BYOB (bring your own bottle) for the wine, so we went along with our own favourite tipple - they don't charge corkage.

The menu has a choice of two starters, a soup course, choice of two mains, a refresher and choice of two desserts. Chef Christian Ørner is in charge in the kitchen and delivers a well-rounded menu with some real highlights. Front of house was in Leigh Atkins-Craig's capable hands.

The choice of starters was between a Blood Orange Jelly with roasted beetroot, artichoke puree, walnuts and watercress, or a Slow Roasted Duck Terrine with crispy kale and pear and blue cheese. We had one of each and found both visually appealing and a fantastic mix of flavours and textures. Following this and by the audible sounds of delight coming from us and other diners, the rich and creamy parsnip soup with truffle oil was a big hit. There was much clinking of spoons as we tried to get every last drop.

There was a choice of pan fried hake, a vegetarian gnocchi or pan roasted Guinea fowl for the main course. We both plumped for the Guinea fowl. Notoriously hard to keep moist, our bird was succulent and expertly cooked. Fondant potato, savoy cabbage with bacon bits made the plate complete.

A Champagne Granita followed the main course as a simple palette cleanser. Dessert choice was either chocolate fondant or vanilla pannacotta. Our chocolate fondant came with vanilla ice cream and chocolate crumb. The pannacotta is served with rhubarb puree, pomegranate and smashed shortbread. I'm afraid any idea of a January diet went out of the window as these weren't to be missed. 

This is genuinely a bargain at £30 a head. Angelique is only open for evening dinners on set dates so booking is recommended (01202 765271) but you can just walk in too. They're open in the daytime for coffee, tea, light-bites and, of course, Philippe's patisserie 6 days a week.

Remaining dinners dates in January: Mon 16th, Tues 17th, Wed 18th, Thurs 19th, Mon 23rd, Tues 24th, Weds 25th, Thurs 26th and finally Mon 30th and Tues 31st.

For February dates call or see their Facebook page.

Book your table: 01202 765271