Dinner at Foley's, Fitzrovia
One day, I think I'll be up to date with the blog and I'll actually manage to pop up a post that hasn't been sitting in drafts for weeks.
That however isn't happening today.
In fact, I can't remember how long ago it was that I was meeting my friend Julia for dinner and drinks in Fitzrovia on a particularly balmy Tuesday evening. So let's just say this post has been a long time coming, sorry. I feel it's been a while since I've had a new restaurant for you (although if you follow me on instagram you'll see there's always plenty for you there!) so let me intro you to a newbie on the scene.
Foley's started as a Tasting Kitchen pop-up in good old Shey Boo, before moving to permanent pastures on Foley Street in Fitzrovia just short of two months ago. Head Chef is Mitz Vora who was previously at the much-raved about Palomar in Soho (confession: I haven't been, I'm desperate to go. In conclusion, I beg someone to take me).
The menu is pleasingly short and simple featuring a diverse mix of dishes inspired by Middle Eastern and Asian flavours. Split into 4 categories 'Bits & Bobs', 'Veg', 'Meat' and 'From the Sea' with 3-4 options to choose from, it was all a rather smooth ordering process if I do say so myself.
Plus when you go for the soft launch at 50% off, the answer to what we order is.... everything.
As you can see from the exterior shot above, there's wonderful on street seating by the bar. It's very cute and perfectly suited for a date in the sunshine. Inside is small and intimate, but the best part is downstairs at the Chef's Table...
In fact, I'd go as far to say you shouldn't sit anywhere else in a restaurant when a Chef's Table is available. There's something so fun about them that you'd really be missing out on otherwise.
In Foley's case, if you weren't at the Chef's Table on my particular night, you'd have missed the shots of limoncello that greeted us the moment we sat down and cheers'ed with the kitchen.
Accompanying our aperitifs, were these fine suspects...
A Foley's Negroni for me. A Foley's G&T for J.
I feel Julia may have got slightly more for her money, I was particularly envious of her goblet! Nevertheless, my Negroni was suitably delicious - I ordered a second!
Now to the food. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but I will say if you prepare your tastebuds for rich, full flavour then you'll know to pace yourself when ordering.
We started with the aubergine, pomegranate, dates, chilli lime yogurt, puffed quinoa and feta...
And the sticky beef, daikon cucumber som tam, avo & kaffir lime purée and crispy shallots...
Followed by the grilled octopus, black sesame mayo, spicy pork mince, peanuts, bok choy and housemade sriracha. Accompanied by the spiced sweet potato fritters with grilled pineapple, cured red onions and saffron coconut curry.
Our final dish of the evening (trust me, you probably only need four between two unless you're ravenous) was the Cornflake crusted popcorn chicken, pickled shimeji, corn, endive, chorizo. We agreed this might just have been our favourite, so make sure you order it and let me know what you think!
We finished by browsing the short but sweet dessert menu. Now, I have to say, they weren't to my tastes what we tried - and we both agreed that instead of ordering a pud, go straight for a nightcap instead.
The perfect way to end a delicious meal.