Dec 13 2012

Morgan M

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The Hardens guide loves Morgan M and every year without fail you can see Morgan M being listed as one of the 5 best French restaurants in London. Morgan M used to be located in Islington and now it has moved to Barbican and the building of the restaurant is painted in a lovely pale green colour, which makes Morgan M stand out when you are walking past it. Morgan M is named after Morgan Meunier the main chef and he cooks contemporary French cuisine and his philosophy is “affordable haute cuisine” with seasonal ingredients at their best.

When I arrived for lunch I was the first one and I was nicely greeted and seated. There are 2 dining rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs and I was sitting at the upstairs one and the tables have nice white table cloths and the chairs and flowers are in a shade of their signature green colour. When my lunch companions arrived and after we had ordered our food and drinks we were given an amuse bouche which was pumpkin soup. The waiter brought us a plate with some pumpkins and later came and poured the soup over them, it had a nice warming feeling to it, and was nice to have something like this in winter. All of us ordered the same starter which is one of their best-selling and most famous dishes, the “crayfish and lobster cannelloni with tarragon, Jerusalem artichoke soubise and a shellfish cappuccino”. The cannelloni came in a bright green colour (similar to the green colour they use for the building and for the decorations) and maybe that was done on purpose, but it was a very strong and memorable colour which makes the presentation of this dish memorable. The pasta was lovely and the filling was extremely delicious and I also love the whole take on cannelloni, because cannelloni is Italian and usually very heavy and full of cheese dish and here they had adjusted the filling and made it into a nice and light dish. For the main course I ordered a turbot and the fish seemed good quality, well cooked and overall a nice fish dish. You can also see below pictures of what my lunch buddies had, a fillet of John dory, oven roasted pheasant brushed with liver and chestnut, served with the leg and a caremalied chicory and fillet of beef served with root vegetables and red wine jus. All the food looked wonderfully presented and my lunch buddies loved this place this time and in general as quite a few of them had been to Morgan M before and thought it was one of the nicest restaurants in London. For the desert I had a pineapple soufflé, and you can see pictures of the other deserts people chose. I thought the soufflé was faultlessly cooked just the right amount and very delicious. As petits fours we got some lovely macaroons and a nice chocolate that had Morgan M written all over it.

I am not sure why Morgan M says they are a contemporary French restaurant, as I think they are quite a traditional one. If you like French classical dishes, Morgan M does them very well. I read a review that said Morgan M is not going to get modern food bloggers too excited and that may as well be true, as it does not overstep the boundaries of traditional food and I can see why people could view it as not that modern, especially as there is this big craze in London to have modern and contemporary twists on food and breaking boundaries, which Morgan M does not do. But as I said for a traditional French meal it is one of the nicest restaurants in London.

Date: 13/12/12
Location: Farringdon
Price for 5 people including alcohol: £467.31

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I went to Morgan M again with a few of my friends and this time tried their summer menu, which I have to say I enjoyed even more than the winter menu I have reviewed above. I keep my 4M rating, but it is definitely now leaning towards 4.5Ms whilst before it was a weak 4Ms. 

 

You can see all the food that we had in the pictures below, and I chose the “Tartar of Dorade Royale, Tapenade, Pink Peppercorn, Herb and rocket salad, red pepper sorbet” as my starter and the plate I was given was a piece of art and the tartar wonderful. Some of my friends had “Diver-caught scallops seared, aubergine caviar with coriander, lemon confit, sauce vierge” which you can also see in the pictures, and my friends really enjoyed the scallops. 

 

My main course was “Seared fillet of red mullet, poele of baby squid, fennel puree and tomato sauce” and I loved how they had kept the colour of the red mullet so vidid and beautifully pink, and it was delicious, and I loved the fennel puree. Some of my lunch buddies had “Roast fillet of Pollock, crayfish and tarragon ravioli, cream of broad bean, lobster froth” which looked equally good. 

 

I went for cheese as my desert and three types of wonderful goats cheese which I enjoyed very much, but you can also see pictures of “Dark chocolate mouelleux, cherry sorbet and griotte & kirsch drink”, “Mirabelle plum soufflé and coulis, rum and raisin ice cream” and “Strawberry soup, roasted pain d’epice and ice cream”. Everyone was very happy with their meal.  

 
date: 09/ 08/ 13

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4.00

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Morgan M
50 Long Lane EC1A 9EJ
London
United Kingdom
GB
Morgan M Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 4