Malmaison’s refurbished brasserie, Chez Mal, is a real treat. Inside, the atmosphere is ultra-romantic, with dark wood, leather seats, candles and mirrors galore. Efficient and friendly service from a team of accommodating staff made us feel truly relaxed.
To start, I plumped for the baked sea scallops, served in their shell with Duchesse potatoes, mushrooms and white wine sauce, while my companion tucked into the tempura of calamari and prawns. These were followed by signature côte du boeuf, 450g of rib-eye, beautifully marbled and matured on the bone, served with truffle and Parmesan pommes frites, and grilled lemon sole served whole on the bone with Anya potatoes, capers and parsley butter. Both were delicious and generously portioned.
Servings of Valrhona chocolate fondant with mint choc chip ice cream, caramelised pistachio and mint tea syrup, and sticky toffee pudding finished our meal with a touch of decadence. For a truly indulgent dining experience, let Malmaison sweep you off your feet.