Finally, made it down to Sylvan Oak (Instagram: @sylvanoak Twitter: @SylvanOak) for an Earlsfield fine dining experience on Thursday evening with a few of the Earlsfield ladies!
This restaurant has been opened for probably a year now, and when I was living at the other side of Earlsfield I would walk past everything thinking “I neeeeeeed to try this place” but because it’s on the fine dining side of things I was always putting it off for “an occasion”but as one of the girls shared her “eating to do list” with me recently and Sylvan Oak featuring on this list, I decided to take advantage and book a table, the occasion being… Pay Day!
From the moment I walked in, the staff were super friendly, offering me a choice of tables to choose from (the window of course) and rattling off the menu with recommendations and descriptions of how the dishes were assembled.
I’m not going to lie, I had studied the menu inside out so I knew what I was getting even before I had arrived, but there were some additions to the menu which nearly swayed me to the indecisive mode!
They have a set menu of two dishes at £32 and a selection of three at £38. I decided to go for just the two (with a thought of potentially going for dessert too, depending on how my belly was after dinner)
Head chef for the evening was Lewis Russell.
We went for a bottle of Malbec red wine for £24 which went down a treat and here’s my food selection choice.
For starter I opted for the pulled pork Bon bons served with piccalilli, honey & mustard gel, rocket & coriander.
Melt in your mouth experience, these pulled pork Bon bons oozed so much flavour and all of the ingredients just blended so well together.
For the main course I went for the (fresh in that day) fillet of John Dory served with cardamom carrot purée, samphire, sautéed potatoes and spring greens.
The fish was cooked to perfection and the cardamom carrot purée was such a good accompaniment.
One of the ladies opted for this babary duck breast served with seared foie gras, celeriac purée, tender stem broccoli, duck fat roasted potatoes and cherry jus. This looked absolutely amazing and the duck looked perfectly cooked with the right amount of pink shining through.
We noticed the table next to us ordered desserts and they did look amazing however we didn’t have enough room to fit it in (sad face) but if I were having a dessert, it definitely would have been the lemon meringue cheesecake served with meringue shards, lemon curd and lemon sorbet. If it’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s .. I’m a sucker for lemon desserts. This dessert was also recommended to us by our server who said it is the best lemon cheesecake he has tasted and he’s worked in a variety of Michelin star restaurants. In saying that, we couldn’t as we were stuffed but i know ill be bringing my parents the next time they visit, so dessert will be consumed in the near future.
I would probably give a 5* rating on this place as everything was flawless from service to food and ambience. It was definitely a good way to end a Thursday evening! Check it out if you get a chance.
Until next time,