New to Maiden Lane is Mabel’s an all –day dining, drinking and dancing venue. Sat just over the road from the Porterhouse, the first thing to say about Mabel’s that for Covent Garden where restaurants and bars vying for space and attention is that not only is it understated but it’s also pretty darn big.
A simple black and white exterior gives way to a bar, restaurant, and a further downstairs bar that becomes a club on Thursdays through to Saturday. Walls which are various colours are adorned with mirrors, Victorian –esque images, bookcases and a chandelier hangs from the ceiling shining light on the mix of eclectic chairs and cocktail bar.
Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, we headed there in the early evening, the bar downstairs was filling up with people with people ordering in the cocktails – which at around £8.50 – £12 we thought was reasonable for Covent Garden – you can also get a glass of wine for around £3.50, which is good to know if work has been too much one day. Upstairs was a bit quieter but they were still playing their cracking soundtrack – I can imagine when the bar becomes a club the music is pretty epic.
They say their rhubarb and raspberry martini is their best seller but we say to go for their Ginchello – Beefeater gin, Limoncello, Prosecco, redcurrant syrup and lychee puree,
The menu was simple: ham, egg and chips, steak, fish and chips that sort of vibe. A flat iron steak came with vine tomatoes, watercress and baked new potatoes which were perfectly cooked – the taste of summer – although the steak could have been served with a sauce of some sort.
Duck egg and chive mayonnaise was topped with cheese and served with walnut bread and asparagus, it’s a starter but order it with their slaw and a side of potatoes for a main if you’re not up for meat.
Figs were kept simple with crème fraiche and honey, whereas a strawberry and cream sundae was a synthetic, bland affair which was rather disappointing. I feel perhaps I should have stuck with my usual choice of brownies.
Although the food was by no means below par, we weren’t wowed and whilst I would definitely return I think next time it would just be for drinks and dancing.