Riding House Cafe – Fitzrovia
So this is where all the cool kids are! The Riding House Cafe is the new hangout for the media bods and design trendies on Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia. And it is certainly pulling a beautiful crowd who are at home with its sleek design and mismatch of modern and antique furnishings. It’s sexy, it lures you in and before you know it you are perched at the bar sipping on a Quince Collins. And this is where your flirting with the Riding House Cafe should remain. The food is not worth riding home about.
Keeping with the latest trend, a selection of small plates is the main pull. And yes I admit I like small plates! Ranging from £3-5 each there are plenty of seemingly delicious delights to choose from. Beetroot carpaccio with sheep’s ricotta and a merlot vinaigrette was lacking oomphf. The beetroot flavour was drowned by the vinaigrette and the ricotta was more alike to crème fraîche.
Nothing was exceptional about the cured sea trout, jalapeno and crème fraîche. It was exactly that.
Veal & pork sausage with lentils, sage and a creamy mustard dressing was comforting and briefly gave me a glimmer of hope.
I wanted more lemon and spice from the chermoula poussin. The jalapenos were a strange pairing in what should be a Moroccan dish.
The saving grace was the pudding! Spiced gingerbread with grilled figs and caramel ice-cream. It was dense and gingery and sickly sweet but perfectly balanced with a dollop of ice-cream and the soft fig. But was it enough to save the night?
The Riding House Cafe has enormous potential, it exudes class and chicness in every aspect of its appearance, if only that level of attention could be paid to the food offer. I found it lacking thought and flavour. I think for now I will stick to the cocktails and try to blend in with the beautiful people.
The Riding House Cafe: 43-51 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PQ