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Seen experiences the ‘No Stress Express Lunch’ at The Henrietta

Well, here’s a rather fabulous concept from the ever-inventive Experimental Group and Ollie Dabbous: a 45-minute lunch menu designed to reinvigorate London’s workforce.

Experimental Group and Ollie Dabbous continue to stir up the London hospitality scene this spring with the launch of London’s first No Stress Express Lunch.

With today’s unhealthy work culture of skipping lunch (up to 95% of London’s workforce are said to miss out on their lunch hour), which invariably leads to a decrease in productivity, Experimental Group have created the answer to the necessary lunchtime recharge. Created with France’s generous work lunch culture in mind combined with quick London timing, the 2-course set menu created by acclaimed chef Ollie Dabbous includes:

Vegetable broth with spâtzle and lettuce
Veal tartar with anchovy, pine nut & bitter leaf
Chicken liver parfait with Paris browns & Roscoff onion chutney
Smoked eel, oxidised pear, daikon radish & red seaweed (£4 supplement)

Roasted Gurnard with tarama & Monk’s beard
Croque Monsieur with bitter leaf salad
Ricotta dumplings with chanterelles, chestnuts & buttermilk
Barbecued quail with fenugreek, durum wheat & toasted almonds (£6 supplement)


Warm buckwheat waffle with smoked fudge sauce & sour cream
Toasted rice ice cream with jasmine

If you haven’t been to The Henrietta Hotel, it’s a rather lovely bolthole in Covent Garden. A small and intimate bar and restaurant occupies the ground floor. The ambience is friendly and relaxed, the décor calming and unfussy and the staff are attentive and charming. SEEN partook of the Ricotta dumplings with chanterelles, chestnuts and buttermilk, which was rich and comforting without being too heavy. The dumplings themselves were a revelation – more like gnocchi, and the buttermilk was the perfect creamy complement.

For dessert SEEN chose The Henrietta’s historic Madeleines with Chantilly cream (we’ve had these before, so knew what to ask for). This wondrous dessert (so favoured by Proust) is definitely our death row meal. As the friendly waitress said, ‘let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, madame…’

SEEN sallied forth onto the sunny spring streets of Covent Garden, well within the 45-minute timeframe and fortified for the afternoon’s work. If only every day could be like this.

Priced from £25 for 2 courses.

The Henrietta
14 Henrietta Street
Covent Garden