Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting the Whitehall Penthouse at Corinthia Hotel where I stood upon its terrace to glimpse Buckingham Palace in the distance.
The special occasion was The Queen’s 90th birthday, which meant the morning started with an obligatory glass of Champagne. 😉
The brunch was also an opportunity to preview the menu for the 1920s themed Jazz Sunday Brunch, which will be held on 12th June in celebration of The Queen’s public birthday.
Starters on the full menu include …
Crème Dubarry, Charred Cauliflower and Chervil Cream
Smoked Salmon and Halibut Terrine with Sweet Pickled Cucumber and Dill
Chicken and Foie Gras with Wild Mushrooms and Morels, Cumberland Sauce
Eggs Benedict Financier, Monmouthshire Beech Smoked Ham
Beef Steak Tartare, Fresh Bloody Mary Sauce
My favourite was definitely the beef steak tartare with the fresh Bloody Mary sauce because of the burst of flavour that felt adventurous yet familiar at the same time.
There will also be a seafood display on 12th June which will involve …
Oysters, Served with Lemon Merlot Vinegar and Shallots
Prawn Cocktail Marie Rose and Fresh Horseradish
Dressed Cornish Crab and Avocado, Crème Fresh
I tried the oysters which were very good though I didn’t try the prawn cocktail or the Cornish crab but I heard plenty of compliments around me about the crab.
For mains there is a choice of …
Saddle of Lamb stuffed with Spinach and Kidneys, served with Roast Potato or Dauphinoise Potatoes and Honey Roast Root Vegetables
Smoked Beef Wellington, Port and Red Wine Baby Beetroot, Truffle Jus, Pea and Mashed Potato
Roast Chicken Chivry, Peas, Mushroom and Broad Beans casserole, Wild Mushroom and Root Vegetable Egg Cocotte
Poached Salmon Bellevue, served with Egg Mayonnaise and Crayfish Tails
Fillets of Lemon Sole Waleska, Lobster Glazed Sauce
I went for the saddle of lamb with roast potatoes and vegetables, which I thoroughly enjoyed. And yet again, I felt that I could have picked anything from this menu and it would have tasted just as good.
And as for pudding, well …
Nougat Parfait, Candied Fruits and Roasted Nuts, Red Fruits Coulis
Ginger and Milk Chocolate Tart, Caramelised Walnuts, Salted Caramel, Malt Ice-cream
Chocolate and Orange Delice, Blood Orange Sorbet
Blueberry and Violet Cheesecake, Lemon Jelly, Lemon crumb, Violet ice-cream
Galatte des Reine, Puff Pastry, Frangipane, Raspberry Compote, Rose, Raspberry Sorbet
With the Terry O’Neil portrait of The Queen as part of the setting and the gorgeous selection of platters on offer, I had a truly wonderful morning; so much so I even made my first foray into Snapchat to document it. The surroundings were sumptuous as it is throughout Corinthia Hotel and as per my last visit I was yet again impressed by the food.
So if you are looking for a special way to indulge in The Queen’s public birthday – in a way that will also take you back to the time when HRH was born – then this could be the treat for you. Enjoy! 🙂
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD, UK