I was in the area watching a steam train trundle through the London Underground and taking a wander down to Oxford Street for some shopping remembered the Wallace Collection has a rather grand looking restaurant.
I also vaguely recalled that their temporary exhibition space was hosting some key objects away from the usual clutter, so a quick detour was in order.
I like the Wallace, it retains the atmosphere of being a grand house, and going inside really feels like entering a good old fashioned hotel than an art gallery. However, on this occasion, I darted straight ahead and past the staircase to the main courtyard behind.
This has been refurbished in a manner not unlike the British Museum — with a big glass roof over the old open space, which gives you a huge atrium space to sit in. It’s nice to have large spaces, for sounds can dissipate and there’s something other than other diners to look at.
Again I was too early for lunch — but lunch was ordered, and a coffee delivered to while away the time.
Another day for a salad, and I ordered what sounded like a variation on the classic Waldorf Salad, with Roquefort cheese and a much lighter dressing.
When it arrived, it looked frankly, delicious. Laid out with quality leaves around the edges and the main course in the centre, and a dressing dribbled over the top that added flavour without dominating.
The cheese was a bit much, which is always a risk with that particular one, but I can honestly say it was one of the best salads I have eaten in a long time. Someone took time to lay out out nicely and not just chuck a load of greenery on a plate. It’s only a salad, but it matters when the venue takes as much care over that as they do over the cooked meals.
Sitting in the large courtyard space, a pleasing meal and light surroundings, it was a good lunch. The museum, and the restaurant are not that well known, so quite the hidden gem to show off to a potential significant other should you be nearby and looking for somewhere to eat.
Cost: £11.81 for salad and a coffee
Stars: 4 out of 5
Date: 2nd August 2014
Summary: Delightful salad with good flavours and presentation in one of the less well known of London’s museums.