We had the whole restaurant to ourselves, how very romantic 😛
The Ninth, is the 9th venue from Jun Tanaka (formerly of the Pearl in Holborn) and is his first solo venture, delivering simple yet refined French/Mediterranean food ideal for sharing.
We couldn’t decide what to order from the menu and let our waitress choose for us.
We started off with oxtail croquettes, which were generously filled with a light and crispy armour.
Next we were presented with flamed mackerel with dill, cucumber and capers, sea bass carpaccio and salsa verde & pickled kohlrabi and cured pork belly with pecorino and mustard leaf.
Just look at her…
The beef was just so tender it melted in your mouth and tasted almost buttery.
However the whole roasted sea bream, served with lemon and miso smoked aubergine was in a league of it’s own.
The crisp char of the skin, unveiled a delicate, soft, undeniably moist flesh underneath.
The only shame, was that I had to share this dish with others…
This was served with cavolo nero with hazelnut pesto and the fricassee of Jerusalem artichokes and truffle. They were subtly flavoured and well seasoned making a fantastic complement to the main dishes.
We finished off with mini Madeleines fresh from the oven. These were delicately flavoured and were a welcome finish to a decadent meal.
22 Charlotte Street,