Wednesday 26 September 2007

Morgan M

So, yesterday was my second wedding anniversary. Each year my wife and I like to treat ourselves to something a bit special in the gastronomic arena. No shortage of choices in London of course, in fact the problem is usually whittling the list down to something comprehensible. This year we decided to go French and not too far from home. After a little Internet searching last year I had come across a place in Islington called Morgan M. The reviews I read tended to veer between those who had stumbled across it and had a lovely time and those that had gone in search of something special and come away very disappointed.

Well, we had a lovely evening. The restaurant was nice and quiet so we were well looked after, the staff were attentive without being oppressive. The menu is either 'A La Carte' or there is a six course Summer Menu option with which you can have a selection of wines to suit each course. As much as we would have loved to have done that my wife is 8 months pregnant so the wine was never going to be an option and with a choice of foie gras and raw tuna making up one of the courses we went for the A La Carte option.

Before we started we were brought an appetiser of chilled beetroot puree with a white foam which tasted of a blue cheese, an interesting combination which got the taste buds warmed up for what would follow. I started with a ravioli of snails (when in Rome and all that) which was great and it was gazpacho (pictured above) for my wife which she really enjoyed. She plumped for monk fish with asparagus and a lobster froth for her main and I went for rabbit with Israeli couscous which was good in a posh/rustic kind of way. Our puddings were actually preceded by a tiny vanilla rice-pudding with passion fruit sorbet (a pudding starter, now this I like), I had gone for a dark chocolate Moelleux with raspberry sorbet which was incredibly light and gorgeous and it was an apricot soufflé for the lady. All of the food was packed with flavour and nothing felt fussy for fussy sake. Yes, there was a lot of foam and froth but it was that kind of lightness which made the meal so enjoyable. Each course was introduced by the waiter in an accent so thick we sometimes wondered whether he'd brought the right thing but hey, we were along for the ride. Our evening was topped off when we got back to our illegally parked car to find no ticket. Perfect. Thanks to all at Morgan M for a lovely evening.

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