Like Madonna we are always on board with a reinvention and another iconic M, M Restaurant agrees as they have just launched their new summer RAW menu with lighter treats to keep you going in the hot months. Taking inspiration from 6 countries including Japan and Australia, the emphasis here is on meat and fish even on the RAW side of the restaurant.
M Restaurant is a fantastic venue space, balancing a relaxed atmosphere with an up market vibe well. Split into the Grill dining area on the left and Raw on the right, the upstairs hosts the cocktail bar, private dining spaces and the secret M Den which looks like it is veered towards the male clientele with a Playstation, whiskey lockers and a foosball table. Downstairs you can find the fully private VIP dining room, a drinkable art installation and a photo booth.
We were welcomed with a refreshing breeze from the air conditioning when we entered and straight away got down to sampling the new menu. They don’t have starters as it is a small sharing plate menu so the starters are even smaller with the biltong being literally 3 bites, delicious but small. Highlights definitely include the hot stone where, as you may have guessed, a heated stone is brought out with a jar of soy sauce and a pot of flavouring accompanying your meat of choice, options include the rum steak and tuna. Although you eat at restaurants to avoid your own cooking it was definitely fun to sear the meat to your own standards and it only takes a few seconds either side so it takes no strenuous work.
Unfortunately the Slow Cooked Duck Egg was unavailable but the Bao Buns made it up for it; don’t miss out on the chicken option. If you are feeling like sharing they have platters of sushi, and for those of you looking to splash the cash there is a £450 platter filled with caviar and lobster treats.
The dessert menu is one of the strongest we have seen in a while with lots of original ideas like the Amarula Pannacotta with candy floss and a white chocolate and Rice Krispie base, sounds slightly novel but the flavours work. The Banana Split is not what you think with chunks of raw and caramalised banana rightly bowing down to a jug of chocolate fudge sauce with peanut brittle sprinkled around – food porn at its finest.