Bloomsbury's Most Romantic Restaurant Terrace Is Doing Summer Right
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Forgive us for expecting Dalloway Terrace to be a bit dainty, a bit style-over-substance. After all, it's packing plenty of the former.
The Bloomsbury Hotel's restaurant — relaunched this year as the Dalloway Summer Estate, in partnership with spirit brand Ramsbury — is one big mass of floral exuberance.
Vines, trellises, canopies of flowers and a summery cocktail menu are in full bloom on a quiet Bloomsbury side street: Dalloway Terrace isn't doing anything by halves. Same goes for their food, which despite the venue's delicate, pretty-pretty looks is a collection of punchy and powerfully chillied/truffled/cheesed classics.
It's a good sign, we reckon, that most people when we're there seem to be ignoring the Instagram ops in favour of getting elbow-deep in fiery-sauced prawn shell-debris or a bucket of parmesan truffle fries: Dalloway Terrace is brilliantly un-prim, despite the elegant setting and steepish price tags.
The Dalloway take on ceviche is a far more indulgent thing than usual, an elegantly-constructed slab built from sea bass, avocado, plantain and sweet potato. The tiger prawns are harissa-topped juggernauts, the Ramsbury Bloody Mary arrives beautifully murky with spice. And the two dishes we actually expected that thunk of richness from — mushroom risotto, from the deceptively titled 'small plates' section, and the truffle cheese fries — are next-level.
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Dalloway Terrace's latest incarnation is every bit as pretty as we expected, but it's also a hell of a lot more fun.
Dalloway Summer Estate runs until 24 September 2019. Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN.
Last Updated 27 August 2019