Most of the London based team at Career Academies (those without other commitments such as babies or small dogs to look after) went out to dinner this evening. We chose The National Cafe on St Martin’s Lane.
I think it was the V&A’s restaurant, about twenty years ago, that coined the phrase “a great caff with a museum attached”. Well, the National Cafe goes one better. It not only has a museum, in the form of the National Gallery, but an iconic landmark as well. Trafalgar Square is right outside the door.
The company was great, though at some point this year, I woke up to discover that I have become middle aged and tonight didn’t do anything to dispel this. Service was friendly, if a little haphazard. I was slightly surprised by the Waiters’ (and there were two of them for our table of 9) need to lay extra cutlery, then remove it again. Main courses were adequate.. In my case, great moules, rubbish frites.
Pudding, however, was sublime. The National Catastrophe is their signature pud. “Our Famous Ice Cream Sundae. Made from freshly churned vanilla ice cream, marshmallow, hazelnuts, caramel, meringue, cookie crumbs, fresh raspberry sauce, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Does it get any more dangerous?”
Nope. It doesn’t. And, as we were taking advantage of a ‘half price on food’ deal (apparently a mistype on an advertisement which they are now honouring through gritted teeth), the meal was not only dangerous, but great value. £15 a head.
So, plenty of cash left over to spend in the gallery’s shop…