The fabulous Sophie was visiting London so twelve of us headed to Idlewild in Maida Vale. A gastro-pub from the people at Ruby’s, Idlewild is just as glamorous as their other ventures. The decor is all high ceilings, big mirrors, black glossy finishes and eclectic furniture.

Idlewild has a menu that “showcases mainly British produce”, it is fairly crowd pleasing with a smattering of more adventurous ingredients. My risotto with tiger prawns, garlic, parmesan, parsley and lemon (pictured) was deliciously creamy. The prawns were plentiful and it was comfort food at its best.

Scottish rib-eye steak with home cut chips and bearnaise sauce was good but not cheap at £17 and the kitchen managed to mix up the orders (it was a popular dish at our table) so that people who wanted medium rare were served steak that was blue and vice versa.

Indeed, my only gripe with Idlewild was the haphazard service. Our amiable waitress kept on forgetting to bring bottles of wine that we ordered (it was a SLIGHTLY boozy night) and even if you went to the bar it was difficult to get served on a fairly quiet evening. However, when we did get the wine it was fabulous so I should put a special word in for the Rioja Navoja. Trust me, you will like it.

The dessert menu looked too good to skip so I opted for the apple crumble which was a dainty concoction, if somewhat on the small side. It was served with good quality vanilla ice-cream (I could spot the flecks of actual vanilla). Creme brulee was also popular and arrived topped with tiny blueberries. Again, it was somewhat on the small side but quite delicious.

Idlewild was good looking and fun with great food, they just need to work on their service.

Details: 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W92JD (Ph: 0207 266 9198)
Damage: Reasonable
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