Not wanting to stop indulging after the long weekend, we decided to go to Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane on a Tuesday evening to work our way through their recently launched cheese and wine menu – because who can think of a better way to spend a Tuesday evening?
Having won numerous awards including best Italian restaurant in the Sunday Times Food List 2013, the restaurant is simple, elegant with dark colours and low lighting it may look like many other luxury hotel restaurants but simple touches such as the large bowl of runner beans on the table as you enter give a nod to its rustic Italian roots.
As soon as we arrived it was straight down to business, the sommelier talked us through the menu which consists of four wines paired with four cheeses and simply served with home-made crackers and Mostarda di Pere. What we liked was that the cheeses and wines were all served at once allowing you to work through them at your own pace and that we could be left to ourselves for a much needed catch up, rather than having our plates continually cleared for us.
From the four cheeses, the two that really stood out for us were the Fiori della Langa which was served with a crisp, sparkling 2011 Rosanna, Alta Langa, Metodo, Classico from Piemonte and the Gorgonzola Naturalle which came with a sweet wine – 2008 Moscato Passito di Strevi, Passia Scrapona, Marenco also from Piemonte.
The Mostarda di Pere added a sharp almost vinegar like kick to cut through the rich cheese and the crackers were delicate and lightly seasoned. If you add in a starter or a pudding it would make for the perfect supper but if you were to order it by itself then we felt it needed something else – perhaps some bread, a little fruit, just something to round it off.
Indulgent? Yes. Great Tuesday evening? Definitely.