Peter Morrell and his wife dine in this stylish restaurant that serves Mediterranean food
My wife and I were recently at the Hilton London Metropole in Edgware Road, London and decided to eat in the hotel’s Fiamma restaurant. It is a stylish dining space with bright, contemporary décor and accented darker colours. The tables are well spaced and there is an open kitchen where the chefs are busily preparing the food. On the night we were there it was busy and the atmosphere had a buzz to it.
The menu is predominantly Italian but with added twists from all around the Mediterranean. There was breads and tapas to start, salads if you want something light, pizza, pasta, risotto, steaks and chef’s specials, in fact something for every taste. There is also a menu of daily specials.
As with all comprehensive menus choosing what to have was difficult. We were tempted by the chorizo lollipops and the mussels with garlic to start but eventually decided on seared scallops and cod cakes. My wife’s cod was made with marinated fish and served with a spring onion salad and an umami dipping sauce. It was well cooked and flavoured with piquant spices. My seared scallops were plump and delicious and I particularly liked the pickled vegetable salad that they was served with.
The wide range of mains again made choosing difficult. I liked the look of the rack of pork ribs and my wife dithered with the dry aged rib-eye steak. She eventually decided on the Fiamma mixed grill from the chef’s special section.
The mixed grill was an array of tasty meat – chicken shish kebab, a lamb cutlet, lamb kofta served with a carrot and red cabbage salad, flatbread, mushroom and tomato. There were also two dips, a spicy tomato and tahini.
My chef’s deluxe seafood platter included sea trout, red bream, black tiger prawn, sea bass, mussels and scallops. All the fish was sea fresh and packed with flavour It was served with new potatoes, spinach and an olive salad and had two dips, pesto and olive oil with balsamic vinegar. Both of these mains were very satisfying, the portions were generous and the the ingredients were high quality.
The drinks menu is quite compact and includes sparkling, cocktails, beers and soft drinks. The wine list has red, white and rose options. Our wine match for the evening was a white from Sicily it was produced by D’Vine and made with the inzolla grape. It had luscious tropical fruit aromas in the bouquet and on the palate lively acidity with a buttery mouth free. The finish was bright and fruity.
With the large portions of the first two courses we decided to share a pudding. It was almost the Guanaja chocolate and raspberry parfait but we eventually chose the trio of Italian desserts. The three, tiramisu, amaretto and ricotta cheesecake, and chocolate and torrone ice cream were all good and finished the meal on a high note.
Finally a special mention for the service team who were charming and attentive throughout the meal.
This a great facility for both non-residents and hotel guests. If you are in London for a short break it is worth considering staying at the Hilton London Metropole, it’s a comfortable and well located hotel, you can see more details by clicking here…
Hilton London Metropole
225 Edgware Road
London W2 1JU