As someone who loves to go out for dinner, I was very excited when a friend offered my partner and I a voucher for half-price food (!) at Whyte and Brown, a Soho restaurant specialising in chicken and egg dishes, nestled in a cute courtyard just off Carnaby Street.
When we arrived, we were shown to our table in the corner of the upper floor (excellent for people- and food-watching), and immediately felt at home with the relaxed atmosphere and interesting decor (especially the elegant ‘Mr Fox’-esque prints on the walls).
We decided to get some nibbles to start with, and ordered (from the winter main menu) the crispy chicken skins and bread board to share.
The bread was decent quality, and the chicken skins were delicious, crisped to perfection, and totally worth the slight hardening of my arteries they undoubtedly contributed to.
For mains, we decided (as we usually do) to order two dishes and split. The chicken souvlaki was really excellent – light and tasty, and the five spice marinated half chicken, accompanied by green beans and shallots, had a delicious oriental twist. As we had decided that a) chicken is a relatively healthy meal, and b) it was a Wednesday and we deserved to treat ourselves, we also got a side dish of sweet potato fries, with feta and coriander.
Although we were both pleasantly full by that point, as we knew we were getting everything for half-price, we decided to go all out and get dessert. The peanut butter cheesecake with creme fraiche was delicious (it was my first time having peanut butter cheesecake, and I would definitely recommend it), and not overly sweet, while the glorious sticky toffee pudding was complemented perfectly by banana ice-cream.
The food was excellent, atmosphere was warm and relaxed, and the service was pleasant and speedy, without being rushed. I am definitely going to go back to Whyte and Brown, and would love to try out their brunch menu and cocktails. Thanks to our fifty percent off voucher, the total bill (including service charge) only came to £31 for the two of us (for three courses!). However, I would also be happy to go back and pay full-price in future, as roughly £25 each for a tasty three-course meal in central London really is excellent value.
If anyone else has been to Whyte and Brown, or has any recommendations for where to eat out in central London, please do let me know!