Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM
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The incomparable Travelling Gourmet flies to London and finds…
MYSTIQUE in the form of a secret Masonic Temple, only discovered during extensive refurbishment of what used to be the prestigious Great Eastern Railway Hotel. It was sealed off by a false wall but has now been restored. I went for a tour and saw it in all its eerie splendour with my friend, Head Chef Hameed Farook. Dynamic Chef Hameed helms the 1901 Restaurant here in this luxurious boutique hotel which is part of the Hyatt Group. Contemporary British cuisine with French influences is served here. The food, wines and…the Cheeses, all from England for the most part is outstanding!
Afficionados of haute cuisine will love Restaurant 1901 which has a unique ambience. It was the Grand Ballroom of the Great Eastern Railway Hotel and the exqusite stained glass cupola is most splendid. Foodwise, all the ingredients are sustainable and from England, but some ingredients are from Scotland, Wales and Ireland, for example the lamb is from Wales. The selection of British cheeses is outstanding. Chef Hameed, 31, serves seasonal dishes that are fresh, tasty and with all their intrinsic flavours intact.
For an aperitif from the unique Island Bar, do try Jack’s Martini, named after Jack The Ripper, the notorious murderer who terrorised this area of the East End of London in days of yore (circa 1888). Hendrick’s Gin, subtle Elderflower Cordial, Cucumber and Lemon combine effortlessly to give you a cocktail that really packs a wallop!
To be continued…a