Indeed I certainly didn’t pay them much attention during my four years travelling into the station. But inside the top tier hotel, three eateries serving brunch and light bites, Japanese, and classic mains await. We opted for the Eastway Brasserie, serving wholesome simple food done well.
The menu offers a selection of grills, salads and hearty meat options with some – such as venison ragout and braised lamb risotto – giving a nod to Italian style.
Prices which are not too steep for central London. A main will set you back between £16 and £20, although the steaks go up to £26.
A starter of scallops (£13) set the tone for the evening. The three pan-seared scallops were on a very generous helping of chorizo and a sprinkling of sweetcorn salsa. Rich and substantial, this menu will not leave you hungry at the end of the night.
The show-stopper came in the form of the crab scotch egg (£10), a twist on a British classic which worked as a lighter option than the traditional sausage meat, leaving just a bit more room for the mains to come.
Although the starters were quite pricey, they were our best part of the meal.
For mains the braised beef rib (£18) melted in the mouth, and the blue cheese mashed potato was a nice touch. The taste of the mushrooms was a little lost with all the other strong flavours, but the warming dish was just what was needed on a cold winter’s day.
The sirloin steak (£26) was a little fatty and wasn’t much to write home about, but is a good solid choice for diners wanting to keep it simple.
The baked strawberry cheesecake was quite small and basic for £8 and I would opt for a homemade sorbet or ice cream next time (£3).
It is worth taking time to decide on a drink from the menu. Gin lovers will enjoy their pairings, with options including star anise and bitters, and cardamom, ginger and chilli. There’s a long list of whiskeys and classic cocktails alongside a couple of house specials.
All in all this is a perfect place for traditional food made well with good quality ingredients, ideal for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The starters show off the restaurant’s flair, while keeping the atmosphere low key and relaxed. After walking past so many times, I definitely won’t forget it now.