Monday 28 September 2015

Eating in London: Canvas Chelsea

This isn't your average dinner out. This is an experience. Canvas Chelsea* offers a 6 course surprise tasting menu and it's potentially one of the most exciting taste experiences I've ever been on. I was a little sceptical at first, I mean I'm not that picky. I don't eat meat, I do eat fish - I'm a pescetarian so I wasn't sure if that would be able to be dealt with (but spoiler, it totally was) and you know, I like to know what I'm going to eat usually. But actually, I think this is what made the whole experience that but more exciting. 

We were seated at the chef's table - a whole other experience in itself. Each dish would be delivered, and explained by the chef himself allowing us to see it being prepared and being able to ask any questions about it. 

The menu is always changing, so don't worry, this shouldn't give away any spoilers - but just incase. I won't delve into each dish too much, I wouldn't want to ruin it. 

We started with some of the most incredible bread served with seaweed butter (as pictured above), it was actually insane. Fresh bread can be my downfall, and when it tastes this incredible, why the hell not. 

Moving on to the dishes we started with mussels in an escabeche sauce (as pictured above), followed by a mushroom cappuccino. Both incredible and unlike I'd ever tasted before. 

Then onto a strawberry salmorejo with mussels and crab (picture no. 1) - this was incredible, it almost looked too pretty to eat, but of course I really did eat it. After, we had the lemon marinated trout with black olive soil and celeriac cream (picture no.2) - this was out of this world and my favourite dish of the entire menu. I'm not an olive kind of gal, but this dish worked perfectly and I've been dreaming about it ever since. Eee Canvas, can I come back and eat plates of this please? 

Onto the ravioli with roasted vegetables, smoked aubergine, parmesan foam and tomato crumble (pictured above) - parmesan fans, this is definitely one for you. 

Followed by pan fried scallops, green asparagus and pine nut mayonnaise (picture no.3) - this was a close runner up to my favourite dish. I'm such a massive fan of pan fried scallops and this did not disappoint. 

Onto the crispy skin smoked cod fillet, marrow-red pepper cream and Jerusalem artichoke​ (pictured above) - really interesting and super filling and the last savoury dish on the menu. 

A pre-desert then came out in the form of poached rhubarb, strawberry, vanilla crumble and buttermilk foam. Super delicious and just the right size. 

Followed by passion fruit cream, Pina-colada parfait, matcha tea feuilletine and mango chunks​. I wasn't sure how I'd find this. I usually steer clear of anything matcha but it worked really well with all of the dishes we'd eaten already and I am a massive mango and passion fruit fan so that worked incredibly in my favour. 

By this point, I wasn't sure I could eat any more but the Petit Fours (Rose macaroon, lime marshmallow and Cayene chocolate cashew) came out and I just couldn't resist. Super light and the perfect way to finish off the meal. 

It was such an experience and a total special occasion meal. Canvas Chelsea was super delicious and the gorgeous venue makes it perfect for date night. You just need to visit. 

Lorna x

*The meal was complimentary but as always all views are my own

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