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Classic Meets Modern: SEEN Lunches at Hatchetts

SEEN was delighted to lunch in the cool basement restaurant of Hatchetts last Friday the 8th – the day of their launch. You’d never believe that busy Piccadilly was just a few steps away on one side and bustling Shepherds Market a few steps away on the other side. In fact Hatchetts seems so well–hidden that SEEN could imagine having a clandestine assignation with someone there.

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SEEN was delighted to lunch in the cool basement restaurant of Hatchetts last Friday the 8th – the day of their launch. You’d never believe that busy Piccadilly was just a few steps away on one side and bustling Shepherds Market a few steps away on the other side. In fact Hatchetts seems so well–hidden that SEEN could imagine having a clandestine assignation with someone there.

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The staff were friendly and attentive, the music was pleasantly low-key and the décor was calm and inviting with Art Deco domed ceilings, exposed brickwork, and distressed concrete flooring. SEEN was shown to a table where she could see everything. It seemed redolent not only of the delicious food on offer, but also its illustrious past as a travellers’ waiting room (referenced by Dickens, no less) and latterly welcoming the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Hatchetts is clearly an establishment with its share of cool history.

Hatchetts’ head chef Andrew Evans has worked with some of Britain’s most eminent chefs including Mark Hix (The Ivy); Gordon Ramsay (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay); Marcus Wareing (Petrus); Angela Hartnett (Murano) and Fergus Henderson (St. John). His menus for Hatchetts showcase quality British ingredients, with the highest standards of provenance, sustainability and seasonality, as befits this island’s culinary heritage.

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SEEN had Heritage Beetroot Carpaccio, Whipped Goat’s Cheese and Waldorf Dressing, which was beautifully presented and deliciously creamy and piquant, with just the right amount of heat. The mains were handily divided into ‘From the Grill’, ‘From the Sea’, and ‘From the Land’ sections. SEEN chose Creamy Maize, Crispy Fried Baby Violet Artichokes, Crushed Broad Beans, Lemon, Garlic, Parsley and Shaved Ewe’s Cheese ‘From the Land’. Again, deliciously creamy textures predominated, set off by the classic flavour of the beans and lemon and the modern texture of the maize. The meal was a work of art in itself. The dessert was spectacular: Espresso Granita Coffee Ice Cream, Milk Froth and Cocoa Tuille. It was somehow luxurious and light at the same time, the airiness of the froth sinking through the rich ice cream to the granita.

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Portions were just right so that I came away feeling like I’d feasted well but didn’t need a siesta in the afternoon, unless of course I’d had wine. It was a bit early in the day for SEEN, but I did examine the wine list; it was extensive with something to suit most palates and price ranges. SEEN predicts that Hatchetts will quickly become the haunt of foodies, and visitors who want to experience the best of fine modern British dining.

Hatchetts
5 White Horse Street
London
W1J 7LQ

Tel: 020 7409 06567
www.hatchetts.london

Lunch – 12 to 3pm Monday to Saturday
Dinner 6 – 10pm Monday to Saturday
Closed on Sundays

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