Ahh the decade of weddings has well and truly arrived. With two last year and two already booked in for this spring and summer it seems my weekends will soon be taken up with betrothed couple for the foreseeable future. Most recently one of my oldest and best school friend’s, Felicity, called me a week before Christmas to hit me with a double whammy of exciting and scarily grown up news which included her newly fianced status and a growing baby belly!
Fast forward to last Friday night and we were out on her hen do a week before the wedding itself. Booked in to Latin American restaurant Floridita’s for 9pm us 15 gals first met at trendy soho bar Graphic on Golden Square for a quick pre-dinner drink, read: cranberry juice for the bride to be. It was cool, busy, very loud and they apparently only serve doubles. Woo!
All introduced and acquainted we headed over to the restaurant on Wardour Street. We made our way downstairs to our table and were shocked to find that our party of 15 had been split into two separate tables. Not ideal, especially when it was one full table of 10 and then a rather sad looking table of 5 in the split. several firm words with the manager/waiter/whoever would listen later and we’d been whisked over to a bigger table that could seat us altogether.
We had the set menu as we were such a large group. There was a choice of 3 things for each course and I went for the Avocado & palm heart salad, with orange & grapefruit, garlic croutons to start. It was really good but then I currently have a slightly
unhealthy obsession with avocado at the moment so I think it was bound to be a winner. I was sat down next to the lovely Lizzie who went to uni with the bride. I told her that I wrote a blog when I pulled my phone out to snap my starter. I don’t know why it embarrasses me so much, I just hate people thinking I’m literally taking pictures of my food for instagram it makes me want to shout “I WRITE A BLOG!” haha – Lizzie luckily found it funny so long as I promised to include her in the post. So she had Peruvian tilapia ceviche marinated in lime juice & coconut milk (I think?) which she let me try as it was fish but not fishy fish and as a fish hater I was amazingly surprised at how nice it tasted – no picture though, I thought it was step too far to start leaning over her dinner.
For my main I went for Maize-fed chicken breast, vegetable sofrito, plantain crisps & chimichurri relish. It had a bit of a spicy kick to it which was nice and the chicken was beautifully cooked, plus I enjoyed the different textures of the dish. All mains came with a side order of green salad and skinny chips which came in separate bowls that we were meant to share between us all. This wasn’t made clear so we ordered some more portions and these never materialised. hmmm. Lizzie had smoked mozzarella & bell pepper quesadilla, jalapenos, avocado & tomato relish which I so nearly ordered! She cleared her plate so they must have been a good choice too.
We washed it down with a shared bottle of Torrontes, Riesling from Argentina. Anne-Marie (bridesmaid and another bezzie to the hen) ordered a Pina Colada which came in a hollowed out pineapple and was the size of her! Amazing.
For dessert I ordered the Home-made vanilla cheesecake with winter berries – another great course. Overall the food was amazing and there was nothing to complain about where it was concerned. The service however could have been better. From the initial refusal to put us on one table together, to Flick being told to take her not-even-tacky bridal veil off (I know some places are funny about hen dos but it’s not like we were rowdy, in fancy dress and wavy penises about – I mean the bride was on juice for crying out loud), to the extra sides not coming out, to the wrong bottle of wine being bought over, to the insistence that two no-shows were paid for despite a deposit having been paid in advance. There was a lot to be desired in terms of ‘making it a night to remember’ by the staff.
A more positive point was the live music. The band were amazing and I think everyone enjoyed the live singing and the salsa music. In addition having a little people watching session every now and again of those on the dance floor was great – there were definitely some taking it slightly more seriously than others and showing off their moves learned at the weekly classes.
All in all the food was really good, the service not so much. It’s a good venue for groups and has a good dinner, to dancing option. I think our bride had a great time although being with baby she was happy to head home after dinner – albeit only after agreeing to a wild ‘hen don’t’ night out where she’s do all the bad things she couldn’t do this time. I can’t believe in only a few days another one of my dearest friends will be walking down the aisle! And I can’t wait to possibly share some of it on here!
Oh and in-case you’re wondering my top was from topshop, necklace is old from H&M, my oversized rose gold Michael Khors watch and my bargain ‘love’ bracelet is from ebay (so far everyone who’s seen it has complimented me on it – but I can dream that one day someone will buy me the real deal) I also had these trousers on which I’m in love with but I didn’t get a picture of them.