Destination Dispatches: Lunching at Andaz Liverpool Street

Guest Editor:
- Daniel Szelényi, Kiwi Expert

With five lounges and bars and another five restaurants to choose from it’s not easy to decide where to dine at Andaz Liverpool Street.

Their choices include a seafood restaurant, a brasserie, Japanese cuisine and British fine dining. With the New Year’s resolution to eat more healthy food in 2012 still fresh in my mind, I decided to have lunch at Catch which specializes in sustainable seafood and fish.

Following a recommendation by the maître d’ I started with the aubergine-filled heirloom tomato on Rosary goats cheese served atop an olive base, an equally delightful and beautiful little dish.

As I’m big fan of sea bass (the only fish I would attempt to prepare myself!), I continued with the line caught wild Cornish sea bass that came with a fabulously crispy skin and was served with a rope grown mussel fritter and samphire risotto.

I was impressed by Head Chef Martin Scholz’s contemporary approach to seafood, but as always the highlight of any meal for me is dessert. In this case, I had no choice but to go for my all time favorite, crème brulée. At Catch, it’s prepared with Baileys and served with roasted apples. Although I’m a traditionalist when it comes to crème brulée (no creative alterations please!), this one was nearly perfect, scoring a 9/10 on my very scientific crème brulée scale.

All in all a fabulous business lunch, but I can see this restaurant serving equally well for a romantic dinner or meal with friends. Catch definitely got me hooked.

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