We were lucky enough to be invited to dine at Muriel’s Kitchen this weekend, a gem of a restaurant located on Richmond’s Hill St.
Self described as a “modern take on British dishes and granny’s comfort food served in a 1950s- style kitchen setting” we were excited to see just what the venue and menu had to offer.
Firstly, the restaurant stands out as something different upon entry; mosaic tiles and velvet furniture give the building it’s very own signature style, with tasteful ornaments adorning the walls and tables. The most notable and stand out pieces for us were definitely the bird cage lamp shades and turquoise armchairs, which stood in the centre of the restaurant giving it a quirky, homely touch.
We were then greeted and seated by a wonderfully helpful and polite waitress, who throughout the evening was there to give us her advice on which wines would complement our meals, her personal favourite dishes, and an idea as to which desserts would suit us best. These interactions were very pleasant and it was refreshing to see staff so attentive and willing to talk us through the menu.
Before starting our meal, we tried Muriel’s wine selection, focusing on the white wines. Our personal favourite on the list was the Chardonnay, gold in colour, the wine was soft like the velvet chairs we were sat in and had an abundance of subtle fruit flavours, with the usual oak flavour of a Chardonnay taking a backseat.
Again French, the Sauvignon Blanc which had the traditional fruit flavours was not too overbearing, making it a suitable partner to any meal on the menu, also standing out as a great wine on the list.
For something slightly different and unique to Muriel’s, we suggest an English wine. Bacchus, which was strong and sharp, really stood out and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality. We advise you to try the British wine at Muriel’s, so you can experience the same eye opening realisation that we had – England can make some fine wine!
For those who are not wine drinkers, we did try one of the beers as it was pointed out to me by our waitress. The organically brewed, vegan friendly beer was both something different, yet had all the comforts of your typical desired beer. I can’t find any flaws in a beer that is eco-friendly and great tasting, other than the fact I wish I had more.
Onto our starters, we decided to go with our own instincts on this one and went with the Grilled Asparagus and Clarence Court Scotch Egg with mustard sauce. The asparagus came on a bed of rocket salad, with a sweet mustard dressing, and a poached egg placed in the centre. The presentation was great and the dressing really added a distinct flavour. The crunch of the asparagus gave a variety in texture, which definitely gave the dish its appeal.
We were so happy that Muriel’s got the scotch egg right. The balance of sausage batter and egg was spot on, with the breaded meat full of so much flavour. The egg had a bright orange and slightly runny yolk that ran slowly into the meat adding more to the taste and texture. The scotch egg was certainly a great choice.
Our first main arrived, the Chicken and Peach Curry, which was accompanied by wild and basmatic rice, mango chutney cucumber, riata and poppodoms. The combination of flavours in the curry stood out massively, with the sweet taste of peach invading the softly spiced chicken. The chicken was very tender and soft, making for a very easy eat despite being rather filling. Beautifully presented in a ceramic pot, placed on a wooden board, you could easily describe this dish as delightful, delicious and something a little bit different.
In contrast, our other main was something a little less sweet; The Flattened British Sirlion Steak & Chunky Chips. Tender and cooked to perfection, charred on the outside with the centre a subtle pink, firm in texture whilst being very juicy, the steak really did hit the spot. The bed of chunky chips gave us the perfect excuse to try out the unique condiments. The Wilkin & Son’s Ketchup & Brown sauce from the county of Essex is made with natural ingredients. The sauces really enhanced the meal, bursting with flavour – they were a refreshing touch on the table, and contributed to the authentic British style of the restaurant.
As dessert is often our favourite part of the meal, Muriel’s dishes were no exception, contributing to our love of all things sweet. With a fairly decent selection to choose from it was difficult deciding, however, with our waitress’ advice we chose first the homemade Muriel’s Summer Pudding, which came with double cream and fresh berries on the side. Deep amethyst in colour, plunging your spoon into the soft sponge released a compote of summer fruits. When covered in cream the combination of textures and rich burst of flavour, left a satisfyingly sweet aftertaste. This dessert is definitely one of our highlights.
Our second dessert choice was the Chocolate Nutella Cake, which, as the name suggests, is a perfect treat for any chocolate lover. The cake is gluten free, which like the beer, is also the perfect treat for those who can’t eat wheat. The soft sponge is layered with thick Nutella and on the side was some soft vanilla ice cream, which when melted with the sponge created an extra satisfying experience.
We ended the night with coffee and took some more time to appreciate the great aesthetic of the building, before leaving. We can happily say it was a delight to dine at Muriel’s Kitchen and the staff were superb. We hope our review has given you a reason to check it out for yourselves. The great thing about Muriel’s is that their menu is always changing, often depending on the season. They also provide a variety of different meal choices depending on the day time; including breakfast, lunch and brunch menus.