“ 4-6 Market Parade, East St, Bromley, BR1. Tel: +44 20 8460 2346 „
Edwards in Bromley only opened a few months ago, and has already become a mainstay in my eating out reportoire. The restaurant itself is owned and operated by the same family that owns Joanna's in Crystal Palace, south London, and is definately on par with the service and experience to be had there.
When it initially opened there were apparently a few small teething problems with the food/Chef, however I can reassure everyone that these have been dealt with, and it is now really in the swing of producing plate after plate of delicious food.
*** The Restaurant ***
Located on East Street, just a stones throw from the buzzing pedestrianised high street, it is quite an escape for the senses. The decor is oak tables with modern wood panelled walls, and chic designer lighting, and it never seems to fail to give off a calming feeling when you enter. there is usually Sinatraesque music playing which is always nice background music, and although when the restaurant first opened they had problems with the ambient temperature of the restaurant, that seems to have been taken care of and its no longer akin to a sauna, in fact it is pleasantly warm (and air-conditioned in the summer).
*** The Food ***
I will openly admit that i havent tried a lot of the menu, but that is only because they serve some incredible dishes, that i cant help but think ill miss if i order something else! The portion size is average/small, but when eating three courses, it leaves you pleasantly full, rather than stuffed, and the quality more than makes up for portion sizing in my opinion. Starters range from Chicken liver parfait, with toasted brioche and a yummy marmalade, to slow cooked pork belly with apple sauce, that is in a word, perfect. Main courses do change, and although they have lost the confit duck with buttered spinach which couldnt be faulted, they have recently gained things like line caught cod loin with chorizo, and their 6oz angus rump steak, with hand cut french fries is very good. The Liver and bacon is also "Sooo good" according to my fiancee. there are also quite a large number of seafood dishes, such as whole cracked crab served either hot with crispy noodles and chilli, or cold with lemon mayo, and although I havent had it yet, friends tell me it is the best they have ever had (and they are real foodies). Desserts are also very, very good, with home made chocolate puddings, and top quality ice creams aplenty.
*** Service ***
One thing that Joanna's got very right, was the level of service, and it continues at Edwards, with some extremely attentive waiting staff. The Maitre'd is also a really nice guy and very friendly. Just to offer an example of the good service on offer, whilst we were dining one evening, my fiancee knocked over her glass ov water and soaked her main course, the maitre'd was there faster than greased lightening, whisked the plate away, sorted the spillage out, apologised! and then came straight back to us with a fresh plate of food in a few minutes, giving us updates every minute or so. Bearing in mind that a meal a la carte costs around £60 including wine, that is impressive.
*** Value ***
If you eat a la carte, with a half decent bottle of wine (although we have never had anything in here but good wine, even the house bottles) and go for three courses, it will set you back between £60-90, but the upper is with the most expensive items available with a couple of side dishes, that strictly speaking are overkill.
They have also launced a prix fixe menu available everyday which breaks down as - 1 course £8.95, 2 courses £11.95, and 3 courses for £14.95. a bargain in anyones book, and hands down a competition beater in bromley, why would you want to eat at pizza express, or zizzi, when you can get a fine dining experience for under £15?!?!?