May 7

Dalloway Terrace: beautiful and tranquil outdoor dining retreat

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Beautiful floral decor and cosy atmosphere makes Dalloway Terrace a top contender for the prettiest al fresco dining spot in the city.

Location: Bloomsbury, London

Price: £275+ between three people - 3 starters, 3 mains, 2 sides, 2 desserts and 5 cocktails

Cuisine: British/European (menu also includes seasonal dishes)

Contact: www.dallowayterrace.com | @dallowayterrace


REVIEW

Famous for the decor, I can confirm that Dalloway Terrace is indeed as pretty as it looks on Instagram. I'd even go as far as to call this place one of the most photogenic restaurants you can find in London without a doubt.

As usual, Dalloway Terrace have kept up with the seasons and updated their interior accordingly - going from a beautiful winter garden to a spring countryside paradise. The terrace is equipped with heaters, blankets and a retractable roof to accommodate for the temperamental British weather. Situated just minutes away from Tottenham Court Road, this all-year round outdoor dining restaurant operates as part of the iconic Bloomsbury Hotel.

dalloway terrace cocktail
dalloway terrace cocktail

THE FOOD

I'd classify the dishes served at Dalloway Terrace as predominantly classic British/European food with a modern twist and a la carte menu is seasonal with different dishes added to the menu at different points throughout the year. As usual, my friends and I ordered a range of different dishes so that we could sample between each other.


I chose the Crisp Baked Corn Tostadas with Shredded Smoked Chicken & Spicy Satay Sauce for my starter, which I'd describe as a very fresh and light dish. It's a little bit awkward to actually eat and not all that spicy (or flavoursome) but still a decent choice nonetheless. For my main, I was torn between the Herb-crusted Spring Lamb Cutlets (which one of my friends ordered) and the Thai Green Curry. I went with the curry, much to my regret. The curry has tofu, baby corn & holy basil (I added prawns). It wasn't a bad dish at all, however, I've eaten a lot of Thai Green Curry in my life so I know what a top notch authentic one tastes like. This one wasn't that unfortunately and I found it to be quite bland due to the lack of spice. I much preferred the Lamb Cutlets - the meat was beautifully cooked and the minted jus was delightful.

dalloway terrace food
dalloway terrace food

THE DESSERT AND THE DRINKS

If you're a dessert person, you'll love the Classic Creme Brûlée served with Shortbread. Rich in flavour and creamy in texture. Make sure you have enough room for it after your main course because the serving was huge!

The Belvedere cocktails on the menu are carefully crafted by The Coral Room & Dalloway Terrace bar team. Aside from the five seasonal cocktails available, you can also request a more classic cocktail if you wish to. I went with the Strawberry Sgroppino, which is a mix of Belvedere vodka, Pomegranate and Moet with a Strawberry Sorbet scoop in the middle of the glass. This one wouldn't normally be my first choice but it was enjoyable, especially when you get to the sorbet part of the cocktail.

food

OVERALL

I had high expectations for Dalloway Terrace as it'd been on my list for years. I did feel a bit let down by the food. From what I've seen of the a la carte menu in the past, the selection of dishes has been better before. However, the cosy atmosphere, great service and 'Instagram-ready' decor more than made up for the slightly disappointing food. Perhaps next time I visit, I'll go for the brunch. I've heard a lot of good things about it from quite a few different people.


MUST TRY

Herb Crusted Spring Lamb Cutlets

Classic Creme Brulee

Strawberry Sgroppino Cocktail

Mandarin Highball Cocktail

MY RATINGS

Food: 3.5/5

Cocktails: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Ambience: 5/5

Location: 5/5

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Tags

Alfresco Dining, Cocktails


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