Hearty • Delightful • Chic
From the Kitty Fisher folk comes Cora Pearl. As soon as I stepped inside, it was love at first sight. There’s an easiness to the place; it feels lived in, in the very best of ways. Aubrey Beardsley prints adorn the wall and candles flicker on the table, creating a relaxed, quietly elegant environment. With just 55 covers, spanning both the upstairs dining room and bar downstairs (where the kitchen resides), it’s a charming intimate space.
Being Covent Garden, it pulls in the odd tourist here and there; and mostly a mature crowd. Most people were dressed very casually. Just make sure you wear something roomy…
The food is hearty and enjoyable, perfect for these miserably cold days. Personally I do think it errs on the slightly expensive side but that’s not to say it’s not worth it; the produce is top notch and the cooking is solid. We had cocktails to start and a glass of Chinon for the rest of our meal.
I ordered the Brown Shrimp Ranhöfer that sat atop two large croutons but immediately had fomo when I had a taste of my friend’s agnolotti filled with cow’s curd + Jerusalem artichoke + shavings of truffle. For mains, we all went for the veal complete with delicious celeriac & a mini jug of bordelaise sauce but the pièce de résistance was without a doubt the chips. I would happily get fat for these bad boys.
The potatoes are thinly sliced, loaded with butter and thyme; baked, pressed, cut into rectangular cubes and then deep fried until golden brown. The result is quasi dauphinoise potatoes in chips form – wonderfully soft on the inside with a perfect crunchiness on the outside. I could wang on ALL day about these beauts but I’ll spare you. Go try it for yourself…
The desserts were perfectly fine but if you want to save a few bob, I’d sacrifice these.
If you don’t already have a Valentine’s Day reservation and they have availability, get in there fast.
BASIC OR BOUGIE? In Between
SERVICE is relaxed and welcoming
TRY the chips!
BEST FOR Spenny Catch Ups, Dates, The Rents
GOOD TO KNOW Reservations Recommended | £55+ | Open Mon-Sun
VIBE chilled and buzzy (Sat dinner)
GROUPS up to c.6 people I reckon
30 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8NA
Open Mon – Sun (Closes Early Afternoon)