Anniversary Dinner at Tredwell’s

For our anniversary this year, we decided to look out for dinner deals and find somewhere new and interesting to go. When we come home for the summer it is sometimes harder to find the excuse to go out for a meal by ourselves as there are always so many people to see in a short space of time.

After using Open Table to book a table for a different lunch with family. I received an email with an offer for a dinner at Tredwell’s by Marcus Wareing (www.tredwells.com, @Tredwells). It was for a set menu with a cocktail and sounded delicious. Being a fan of Marcus Wareing, I was very keen to visit one of his restaurants. So we booked for the evening of our anniversary in July.

We arrived at the restaurant and were offered the wine list, from where we chose a nice bottle of red knowing we were going to order the steak.

The amuse-bouche was a small glass of amazing tomato soup, topped with smoked mascarpone foam, accompanied by fresh crusty bread. The next course we ordered individually; John ordered crab and I chose the cured, chargrilled salmon. As you can see from the photo below, the presentation was exquisite. The food was smoky from the char, nicely salted, and beautifully tender. I was very happy with my starter, as John was with his.

Starter at Tredwells

For the main course we both ordered the steak option and chose triple cooked chips, spinach and green beans as side dishes. The main course was as delicious as the starter and of course, the steak was cooked to perfection.

For dessert I chose my favourite – salted caramel ice cream. It wasn’t just any old ice cream; it was soft serve, ‘Mr Whippy’ style ice cream in a glass. I was very happy! John enjoyed his dessert also.

We had a great meal and really enjoyed the food. The service was very good and the atmosphere nice. We would happily return and would like to try eating à la carte to sample the variety of food on offer.

Dosa & Chutney

One of John’s favourite meals of the whole summer has to have been at this restaurant on Tooting High Street. The restaurant is called Dosa & Chutney (dosanchutny.com), and as the name suggests specialises in south Indian dosa, with a vast menu of other dishes from the same area. We first visited for lunch on our wedding anniversary, despite having decides to have a light lunch to prevent us ruining our celebratory dinner that evening. We were definitely glad we visited.

The menu consists of a range of South Indian dishes, some better known than others, alongside classic Indian curries. We decided on a masala dosa with chicken and a mutton kottu. For those of you who do not know, a dosa is similar to a pancake, and made from a fermented batter of rice or dhal and kottu is a dish made from chopped up roti, mixed together with spices, meat and egg. Both dishes are usually served with a curry sauce, dhal and raita.

Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa

Our meals were delicious, the dosa was crispy and the filling spicy and full of flavour. The kottu was better than any we have had before. Both dishes were filling and very tasty. The sauces were great accompaniments to the dishes.

John spent the rest of the summer asking to visit this unremarkable looking restaurant for every meal. Needless to say, he is definitely a fan. We did return again a few more times and were not disappointed. This restaurant comes highly recommended.