Having dinner with your best girlfriends is always going to be about the wine and gossip with little regard for the actual menu! In saying this though, one of said best girlfriends, Meaghan, had been to the Maddox Street branch of 28-50 and raved about the seafood platter enough that we simply had to try!
After a cheeky bottle of prosecco at the nearby Patch Bar (which convenient has happy hour from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm every night), we made the rather short walk to 28-50 in Fetter Lane for our monthly girls dinner!
On arrival, we were shown straight to our table in the basement in what I can describe as having a rather rustic feel, it was quite empty when we arrived, with a mixture of what appeared to be awkward first daters and business men.. it soon however filled up!
Whilst it seems strange to be excited to try a seafood restaurant when I don’t in fact eat seafood, I was sold on the intriguing wine list which boasts an extensive list of both entry level and collectors editions from the 2011 Pinot Noir, Petit Clos Henri from Marlborough, New Zealand at £39.00 per bottle, all the way through to the “collectors list” which has a 1987 Vega, Sicilia, “Unico”, Ribera del Duero at £360.00 per bottle. The ladies and I stuck with 2012 Montepulciano, “Samael”, a Sicilian wine at only £23.00 per bottle which was lovely (actually we have more than 1 but shhhh)!.
Wine is always much more important that food to me.. however, the menu choice was extensive. I was a bit worried that it would be predominately seafood however I was very mistaken. Rather than having a starter, there is an offer of small bites at around £3.95 per plate which suited my party. We had the Mini Chorizo and the Pork Belly and shared between 4 of us, there was more than enough. Both were delicious.
For mains we ordered the 28 day aged 200g rib eye, the lamp rump, the burger and the mussels. All mains were priced very reasonably between £12.95 (burger) and £17.95 (rib eye) however do not come with any sides which need to be ordered separately for £3.50. I hate this, I think paying close to £20.00 for a steak should come with at least a randomly placed tomato but hey ho.
Service was standard, not amazing, not outstanding… would I go back?! I would but not for a while, there are zillions of restaurants in London to try. I think it would however be perfect for a work lunch or business dinner and would recommend it for that!