“ Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel,Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BL,Tel:0207 631 3133 „
We were very lucky to receive a Red Letter Day experience gift at Christmas which involved a trip to the theatre and dinner for two at a nearby restaurant. Having settled on 'We Will Rock You' at the Dominion Theatre for our show, we were allocated a pre-theatre meal at the Creation Bar and Restaurant which is part of the OLd Kenilworth Hotel.
The Creation Restaurant is at 97 Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury literally only a five minute walk from the Dominion. As it's not quite on a main road you might not know it was there and indeed at six o'clock on a Tuesday evening it was not very busy at all.
We were greeted by very friendly staff who were most attentive throughout our meal - probably more so than they would have been if they were busier. We were quickly seated at a table, provided with menus and served drinks.
As we were there as part of our theatre deal we were only able to choose from the set menu but we knew that in advance. Our experience gave us the option of having two courses out of the three on the set menu and me and my husband both opted for a main course and a dessert. I chose a vegetarian pasta dish and my husband chose salmon. We both really enjoyed the main meal and I have to say that mine was absolutely delicious. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh pasta especially compared to the dried (but much more practical) pasta that we buy from Sainsburys. There was also ample pasta on my plate and really too much for me to eat if I wanted to leave some room for my pud! The salmon was served with some extremely tasty roast potatoes - yes I'm afraid I knicked one from my husband's plate!
Dessert was very interesting. My husband had Eton Mess which he thoroughly enjoyed and I had brown bread ice cream! It sounded very strange but I was intrigued and it was actually very nice. I did have one small complaint as the ice cream arrived drizzled with raspberry sauce which was not stated on the menu (why do they do that?) and I can't stand. However, when I asked for it to be returned and to have one with no sauce it wasn't a problem and I was soon tucking into my delicious ice cream!
There were about three or four options for starters, main courses and desserts on the set menu and they all looked very appetising. There is also a much more extensive, if pricier, a la carte menu if you have more time. However, the set menu is absolutely fine and I enjoyed my pre-theatre dinner very much.
The service was very good which it needed to be as we had to get to the theatre early in order to pick up our tickets. Having arrived at six we had been fed and watered and were able to leave just before seven giving us plenty of time. It didn't feel rushed though. In fact the whole atmosphere in the restaurant was very relaxed.
If we had been paying the two courses would have cost us £15 each. As it was we only paid for our wine. Three glasses of red were each only £4.75 which I did not think was too bad. However, they did add a service charge bringing our total bill to £16. I did think this was a bit cheeky, especially as when you do your credit card bill they have a space where you can add a tip if you wish. I always very happy to tip for good service but I'm definitely not going to do it twice!
Overall I thought this was a lovely restaurant with good food and totally ideal for a pre-theatre dinner. I definitely would recommend it!
If the bar is all about style, then the restaurant is pure theatre with a glass divide between kitchen and diners enabling you to watch the chefs prepare their creations. You'll discover delicious modern British cuisine with influences from the Far East.