‘This is one hell of a restaurant', exclaimed a fan of Richard Corrigan's big-boned metropolitan dazzler. A stag's head logo on the menu and various shootin' and fishin' motifs in the salubrious, low-lit dining room are reminders that Corrigan loves his game, and these rich seasonal treats are some of the best things on the menu – pheasant schnitzel with wet walnuts and red cabbage, for example. Otherwise, the kitchen plays masterful eclectic tricks with first-rate British ingredients, serving Carlingford oysters with Vietnamese dressing, creating a daube of pork with turnips and apricots, and transmuting apple and blackberry crumble into a soufflé. Corrigan's fabulous soda bread shows he is proud of his roots, likewise the display of Irish artisan cheeses. Prices are par for the postcode, but ‘slick' service pulls out all the stops and the wine list is a delicious read, stuffed with classy bottles to match the ‘very special' surroundings.
Hugely informative, the list at Corrigan’s Mayfair is fantastic if you don’t want a sommelier hovering while you sweat over which wine to order. ‘Wines to go with oysters’ is one of the sections, as is ‘inky, dark concentrated reds’, but each category is bursting with imaginative, top-notch choices. And given its swanky Mayfair location, mark-ups are reasonable, too.
Since leaving his native Ireland at 17, Richard Corrigan has made quite an impact in the capital. His first restaurant, Lindsay House, opened in Soho in 1997 & gained a Michelin star two years later. He has also revitalised seafood insitution Bentley's & teamed up with caterers Searcys to help shape the food at top contracts such as the Gherkin & the St Pancras Grand. In 2008, Corrigan moved from Lindsay House to The Grosvenor House hotel, where he opened Corrigan’s Mayfair. The restaurant was awarded London Restaurant of the Year 2008/2009 by the Evening Standard, and three AA Rosettes within the first three months of opening. Corrigan also makes regular television appearances on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, and hosts the Irish primetime television series, Corrigan Knows Food.
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