It is Monday morning and the last time we left home this early on a weekday wearing proper clothes was for a September stay in the Cotswolds, when the prospect of a car ride culminating in 48 hours to languish in grey fluffy robes called for a costume change out of 2020’s WFH wear.
Today the destination is Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street, London’s most respected foodie thoroughfare. We’re wearing actual make up. We’re determined to Lunch (noun). The excitement is real.
Chef and restauranteur, Nico Simeone, welcomes us to Six by Nico, his first London restaurant and seventh opening in the UK. The concept is a playful six course tasting menu which changes every six weeks.
‘New York’ is available until the 29th November and has been created to transport diners’ tastebuds to Manhattan’s dining scene, through a plethora of mouthwatering dishes, encapsulating elements of the city’s enchanting charm, from its glistening skylines to the decadence of Broadway. To book please visit www.sixbynico.co.uk/london.
First up on the menu, Buttermilk Buffalo Chicken Wing, laden with an oozey, delicious buttermilk, jalapeño and chive dressing and so utterly unrecognizable as a chicken wing that we check it is the correct dish.
Then, Eggs Benedict, made with quail egg and an elevated Ham Hough Sandwich featuring miso and brown butter Hollandaise. Its satisfyingly salty against the cool Californian Big Top Vintage Chardonnay.
A dish called Little Italy follows, comprising an authentic cacio é pepe agnolotti featuring Crown Prince pumpkin and parsley emulsion. Red vein sorrel and herb oil atop, it arrives with the South African, False Bay’s Whole Brunch Cinsault Mouvedre Rosé.
The hearty Villa Raniano Falanghina, from Campania Italy, big bodied with sweet notes of apricot and lemon, partners roasted cod, clam chowder veloute, potato terrine and chargrilled corn with tarragon emulsion.
Expect the Smoked Flatiron next. A smoked brisket croquette with Jerusalem artichoke, lovage emulsion and bone marrow sauce. This penultimate dish is paired with the velvety Cline Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel, championing the smokiness in the brisket.
The grande finale, a Big Apple. A Manhattan sweet, momentarily tart, made of apple curd, oat and pecan granola which pairs beautifully with Aradica Moscato D’Asti, Italy, Piemonte.
There is a vegetarian alternative available for every course.
Priced at £35 per person.
The option to enjoy wines paired by the sommelier with each dish is £33.
‘New York’ will be available from Monday 19 October – Sunday 29 November.
Reservations can be made online at www.sixbynico.co.uk/london
Six by Nico London
33-41 Charlotte Street,
London, W1T 1RR