They say it’s always good to leave the best to till last, so it’s quite fitting then that we should finish the year at Foley’s, which is such a genuinely fantastic spot that we’re pretty much shouting from the rooftops.
Foley’s interior invites a casual and social approach to dining, with soft lighting contrasting an exposed brickwork interior. Visually unpretentious and entirely affordable, you might be forgiven for being taken aback by the quality of the fare when it arrives.
Chef Mitz Vora delivers cuisine that is both delicious and wholesome and yet at times unexpected. The choice of the sharing plate format suits us well, allowing us to try more dishes and heightening the social qualities of the meal. In fact, between us we decided to order everything on the menu, which sounds lavish, but at this value and quality we just had to try everything.
Fantastically, Foley’s vegetarian offerings easily match the quality of the meat dishes, which is perhaps attributable to Vora’s heritage in India, which has the most vegetarians in the world. It’s certainly unusual here in London, where we find vegetarian dishes often take a back seat to meat. Whatever the reason, the truffle potato agnolotti was sensational in its depth of flavour and texture, and one of, if not the best dishes of the night.
Pan asian fusion food isn’t an especially new concept in London, but we were surprised with unexpected flavour combinations, for instance the Vietnamese Summer Roll, which actually reminded us of the intensity of a Dahi Puri. This theme of contrast continued throughout the menu, with bold and intense flavour combinations like the Grilled octopus contrasting against the mellow subtly of the Sprouted grains, which really just demonstrated for us the depth of Mitz Vora’s abilities.
Of particular note here is that our starters were so fantastic that we genuinely expected disappointment afterwards, but then somehow the meal just kept getting better and better. In this way, the whole meal flowed, and after each dish we were left expectant and excited for the next. Considering both the quality and the value of the food here, our meal and the entire experience was truly exceptional. We were not surprised to learn that Foley’s recently earned itself its first Michelin star.
23 Foley St