“Safari in the City” is a very exciting and indulgent concept. The idea is that you get to explore three restaurants and a wine bar (all owned by the same team at DandD) in the space of one evening, moving locations in between courses. I was extremely intrigued about how the logistics of this would work even though the venues were side by side.
Arriving at 6pm on a Friday evening my evening began at the atmospheric wine bar, "New Street Wine Shop".
My father had come up to join me after work and we began our evening with a celebratory glass of Nyetimber. After all it’s not often my father and I get to catch up over dinner in the City.
We then ordered a glass of red wine with the sommelier helping us to select one according to
our preferences. This was accompanied by a platter of cheeses, hams, gherkins and bread. The
cheeses were impeccable, my favourite being the creamy goats cheese with its very generous
For our first course we ambled the few yards to next door to sample the delights of the restaurant “Fish Market”.
Here, we decided to order the oysters as our starter to continue the celebratory theme.
There was a choice of either the Colchester Natives or the Pyfleet Colchester Rocks, both served with mignonette, lemon and rye bread. We had half a dozen of each and decided our favourites were the Cochester Natives as they were fleshier and more flavoursome.
The waiter encouraged us to opt for the steaks so I had the fillet with a side of mac and cheese whilst my Dad chose the rib eye with a garden salad.
The steaks were delicious, well seasoned and cooked to our preferences. It was a relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant with a real mix of clientele enjoying mostly succulent steaks and red wine whilst in the courtyard it was mostly after work gatherings chilling out after a hard week in the office.
Our final leg of the tour was to visit "The Old Bengal Bar" next door where we had popcorn, petit fours and cocktails to end our evening.
By this point the party was in full swing and lots of office workers were enjoying the DJ’s tunes on the dancefloor, which was good fun to watch. Our cocktails were strong and fruity whilst the petit fours were gorgeous little cakes and sweet treats. By this stage I must admit, we were incredibly full so I’m not sure how we devoured them.
It was an exceptional treat to visit all these venues all in the space of one evening made more
delightful by the fact that they were all next door to one other. Each venue offered its own
atmosphere, décor and style of food to enjoy. It was very well organised and we were greeted and
attended to promptly at every restaurant. My advice when booking your “Safari in the City” would be not to eat at all beforehand as there is lots of delicious food and wine to enjoy at each restaurant and you will certainly not want to leave anything behind.
To book your "Safari in the CIty" experience, contact Daniela: Danielaf@danddlondon.com
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