The Handbook
The Handbook

This week, The Handbook headed down to Leicester Square to try out the new(ish) branch of Muriel’s Kitchen. Situated on Leicester Square, next to the Empire cinema, it is in prime location for tourists, theatre-goers and commuters on their way home from work.

On entering, we were amazed at how big the restaurant is. The floor space is vast, but because of cleverly positioned pillars, mirrors and walls, it doesn’t feel cantine-like – instead, each table feels private and cosy. The colour scheme is muted pastels, and the atmosphere was very comfortable, unpretentious and welcoming with pretty little plants on each table, while still managing to be stylish and modern. We were shown to a table in the window with swingy chairs (chairs attached to the ceiling with rope), which of course meant we spent the whole evening swinging! We’re always looking for an excuse to act like children again, so we were very happy with the novelty of these, and would definitely recommend you ask to sit at that table if it is free.

The menu includes lots of home favourites like homemade lasagne and fish and chips, but we opted for Muriel’s Cheese Burger and the Winter Vegetable Cobbler served with a savoury scone. We also got Muriel’s French Fries and Winter Slaw as sides, and continued to act like five year-olds by ordering banana and a chocolate milkshakes. Our waitress, Enrica, was incredibly helpful in explaining the menu and recommending favourites. The main course was delicious, and we felt satisfied and full at the end of it.

The pièce-de-résistance, however, is the pudding menu. You can opt for a hot pudding like Apple Strudel or Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding (which, admittedly, I was very tempted by!), but Enrica led us to the cake counter and we were sold. On this counter there is probably every type of cake you could imagine, and they all looked delicious. As a quick side note, these are also available to take away, so we’ll be heading here for our weekend cake fix from now on! After much deliberation, we eventually opted for a warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and a fruit flapjack. They were enormous and absolutely delicious – the brownie in particular was up there with the best we’ve tasted – and trust me, we’ve tasted a few!

All in all, I would highly recommend Muriel’s Kitchen Leicester Square: the prices are very reasonable (around £15-20 per head for 2 courses and a drink), the service really was outstanding, and the food was just what the doctor ordered on a cold wintery evening. We will definitely be returning. Muriel’s Kitchen are also opening a new branch in Soho over the next couple of weeks, so we are already looking forward to giving that one a try too!