One Aldwych Hotel Film And Fizz – Review
In the heart of Central London, you can escape the bustling, busy streets by slipping into the brilliantly stylish and peaceful Axis Restaurant located within the One Aldwych hotel. An unusual cylindrical shape, you feel like royalty as you descend a grand staircase into the chic restaurant itself. Dressed completely in white, the serene décor is comfortable, quiet and perfect for a romantic evening out.
Completing the film portion of One Aldwych’s “Film & Fizz” evening, we were ushered to a private cinema in the basement of the building to watch What We Did On Our Holiday – a true British comedy with an unpredictable plot and a great way to start the evening.
The private screening room is intimate and filled with comfortable cinema-style chairs. In partnership with Lallier, grand reserve champagne is the order of the evening (or orange juice as a non-alcoholic option) accompanied with an individual box of either sweet or salted popcorn.
Axis One Aldwych Restaurant
Unfortunately, the meat is not halal at Axis and the set menu for the “Film and Fizz” package is quite limited. The menu comprises of one meat, one vegetarian and one seafood option to cater for each diet; but what it lacks in variety, it certainly more than makes up for in taste.
To start with, I chose the smoked salmon. A delicious yet light starter, the dish is served attractively on a bed of toast and a side of cream cheese. Light and delicate, the dish is a perfect start to the meal.
Filled with decadent flavour – the food at Axis is rich and exquisite, generously portioned and well-presented. I opted for the delicious mushroom risotto. Topped with impeccably cooked sliced mushrooms, with a rich creamy sauce, the risotto is certainly a more than satisfying option.
For those who like seafood, I would definitely recommend the pan-fried fillet of bream, which is expertly cooked and served in a delicious Velouté sauce. The fish is tender and full of flavour – perfectly light but also rich in taste.
Perhaps my favourite part of the entire meal, dessert was an absolutely perfect end to the evening. The vanilla panna cotta was delicious – thick, creamy and bursting with flavour. Served with a tangy berry sauce, seasoned with cinnamon and star anise, it went well with a cup of English breakfast tea.
For a more traditional option, I would definitely recommend the winter crumble which is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The fruit is soaked in a fantastically flavoursome sauce, which gives the sweet apples a slightly bitter but pleasant taste. The crumble is served warm, which is juxtaposed brilliantly with the velvety ice cream.
Tickets for the “Film & Fizz” evening are £47.50 per person.
What stands out for me and warrants my rating for the experience at Axis is the impeccable service; the staff are friendly and extremely accommodating. Comfortable yet chic, Axis is definitely one to visit for a post-theatre dinner or a romantic evening with your partner.
For more information and reservations please visit: www.onealdwych.com/film-fizz