We had a day in London planned last weekend and we when we were asked if we’d like to review Strada’s new children’s menu whilst we were there it seemed like the perfect way to finish off our day. We had a table reserved for us at Strada More London and as we hadn’t been to that restaurant before we weren’t sure what to expect – but as soon as we arrived we were blown away.
Strada at More London is situated right on the Thames, looking out at the Tower of London in one direction and HMS Belfast in the other. The upstairs mezzanine floor of the restaurant gives an incredible panoramic view of so many of London’s landmarks and it was a beautiful sight to have whilst eating dinner.
The children’s menu comes as a three course set menu including a drink but it would be great if there could be a two course option too. The children are used to eating out although as they are still only young they do find it hard to cope with three courses and would often rather have just a main and dessert but as we’d chosen an early dinner time we decided to make the most of the view and go for three courses, having a relaxed meal over a couple of hours.
The children’s can have either Veggie Dippers or Garlic Flatbread with Cheese to start and LP and Little Man shared one of each. The flatbread was a really generous portion size and they both loved the dipping aspect of the Veggie Dippers – what child doesn’t love to dip things in a tomato sauce?!
The children’s main courses gave a really great selection. I am used to most restaurants offering just a pizza, pasta or something with chips but Strada has gone all out to create a children’s menu that compliments the adult choices and it was nice to have more of a choice. There were six options including pasta and pizza but also a risotto, steak, chicken and fish – one of the most varied children’s menus I have seen. The children chose the Margherita Pizza and Rigatoni Pomodoro – tomato pasta! Both main meals were a great size, full of flavour and also arrived at a good temperature for the children to start eating almost immediately.
Whilst the children were tucking in Hubby and I also went for three courses with me choosing the classic Antipasti and Hubby going for Bruschetta. Both were a good size and tasted amazing. My Antipasti had so many different aspects to it and I love that they had the option of making it a bigger portion and having it to share.
For mains Hubby had the Taleggio Burger, commenting that he’d never had a burger in an italian restaurant before but he really enjoyed it. The Taleggio cheese had melted nicely and his accompanying chips were perfectly crisp.
I went for the Orecchiette Pugliese which was ear shaped pasta with sausage, pancetta, broccoli and lots of cheese. It had a bit of a chilli kick to it that was nicely warming and went well with the crunch of the broccoli and al dente finish of the pasta. The whole dish was perfect although the portion size was too big for me – it’s always nice to have too much rather than not enough!
For desserts the children chose their favourite thing – ice cream, although they did have the option of ice lollies or even a chocolate pizza but ice cream is always the first thing they choose. Hubby picked the Tiramisu and I went for the Chocolate Fondant – both being desserts we love and often choose when we’re out. We all loved our desserts although I was slightly disappointed that my fondant wasn’t runny in the middle but with the view, the great food and a really lovely meal it really didn’t matter.
Strada More London was a perfect place for a family meal. The river view kept the children entertained and they also had activity packs with stickers to colour and games on the menus. The service was impeccable and the children especially were made to feel really welcome.
When we are next in London and looking for somewhere to have dinner I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Strada at More London. I thought the view would be enough to take us back there again but with the lovely food and great service it would be hard to go anywhere else.
Disclosure: We were invited for a complimentary meal for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.