Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Podium at The Hilton, Park Lane


After my lovely experience at Oliver Bonas's press day, I was delighted to spend the rest of the day with my lovely dad who decided we should have a father daughter day together. My mum booked us in for a meal at Podium in The Hilton on Park Lane, which I was really looking forward to (despite having had one too many snacks at the press day...).


There was just enough time to get a few snaps in my outfit from the day. I had attempted to go with blogger chic for this look due to the press day but I have no idea whether that's what came across! But you can't go wrong with pastel pink in my opinion!



Blazer - Miss Selfridge || T-Shirt - Uniqlo || Jeans - Lipsy || Shoes - Miss Selfridge (similar here)

Luckily, we got inside the hotel just before the heavens opened onto poor old London. 

The Hilton, Park Lane is one of those beautiful old fashioned style hotels which sends you back to the golden era (think Tower of Terror but when it wasn't so terrifying). 



Podium itself was a complete contrast, with its modern atmosphere and styling. We ordered off the set lunch menu which included a glass of champagne and three courses all for £25! Quite the bargain in central London.

My dad had the tomato sauce with lime cream which I had to have a taste of. It was perfect with just a hint of tang from the lime. 



While I had the tempura squid with hoisin sauce. It was slightly overcooked, so a bit rubbery in places, but was delicious when paired with the sauce. 



They came up alongside a strange hybrid of brown and white bread which was actually lovely and the most adorable little loaf I've ever seen. 



My dad and I both had the same for main course; the pan-fried sea bream (one of my all time favourite fishes), resting on a bed of spring onion mash and topped with an anchovy and tomato relish. 




It was seriously delicious, perfectly cooked and just light enough that we had room for deserts. 

Dad went for the strawberry parfait with strawberry foam and mint jelly. It was the most beautiful dome of goodness...



...but was even more lovely when you cut inside!


Despite being the most aesthetically pleasing of the two, I still don't think it topped my salted caramel and milk chocolate tart, served with a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was seriously delicious, with melt in the mouth filling and crumbly pastry. 



I really was pleasantly surprised with Podium, as sometimes the set menus at London restaurants can be a bit naff compared to the main menu. However everything was really lovely and beautifully presented, all for a fantastic price! You can find deals in London like this all over the web and it really is worth it if you're looking to spend a day in London with fantastic food at half the price!


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