To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out.
We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a great start!
With the glamour of the restaurant, the decadent bar, the low lighting, the impeccably dressed waiters and waitresses, and the large mirrors, had it not been for the cars outside, we could have been transported back to the 1920s.
The three course set menu features dishes inspired by 1920s American cuisine, such as steak tartar and New York steak Diane to start we chose the Manhattan Clam Chowder, whilst it was rich in flavour, it was quite thin for a chowder and we hoped for a little more mussels.
That said had it been a heavier chowder, it might not have left us feeling too full for the pork belly and, that would have been a disaster because this was one great pork belly, slowed cooked, it literally melted and was served with a pig trotter jus and a spring onion mash, which was not only wonderfully green in colour but was also hands down one of the best mashes I had had in a long time. And the creamy wild mushrooms we had as well? Brilliant, although one is definitely enough between two.
For pudding we chose the white chocolate cheesecake and blueberry compote and the pecan pie. The cheesecake was just the right amount of sweetness against the slight tartness of the blueberries. And with pecan pie on the menu we had to try it, the pastry case was a little hard, but the filling was sweet, sticky, nutty, exactly what a perfect pecan pie should be. And the whipped cream and mini white chocolate spoon that came with it were just the flourish it needed.
If you are after something a little different, a little more glamorous, and something which whilst inspired by the past is very now, then head to The Montagu restaurant.