Want some fine dining without the awkwardness and expense that goes with it? Then look no further and pay a visit to the newly opened V7 Restaurant at The DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes.
The restaurant itself is a celebration of the short but vibrant history of Milton Keynes, taking its name from the V7 road, visible from the bar and outdoor terrace, which forms part of the famous grid system.
Every dish on the menu is inspired by the classics of European cuisine, which have been given a contemporary twist or tweak.
With it’s own entrance on the other side of the building, a lift whisks you up to the first floor where you are greeted by décor that is both modern and contemporary with dark wood furniture accessorized with purples, greens and greys which add a perfect twist to the design.
After being shown to our seats, we enjoyed an aperitif whilst studying the menu. Gareth, (the extremely knowledgeable restaurant manager) recommended and explained the various dishes whilst our waitress brought us the most scrumptious foccacia bread and a selection of butters (parsley, black pepper and turmeric) to enjoy whilst we were deciding.
It’s not often that I struggle to choose, but this menu had so many delightful looking dishes that I wanted to try – I will definitely have to return. Finally our choice of starters were made and we began – Buttered asparagus, air dried ham, crispy coated poached quails’ eggs, Hollandaise sauce and toasted pine nuts was hubbie’s choice the strength of flavour in the crunchy dried ham was excellent with the quails egg being cooked perfectly – this dish was a big hit. Smoked duck, Hobnail goats’ cheese panna cotta, beetroot, micro leaf was the other choice – Gareth informed us that the panacotta was one of his favourites, and I can see why, full of the most creamiest cheese flavours each mouthful was delightful, the duck was tender and the crunch of the beetroot was a perfect partner to the softness of the duck and panacotta – Both dishes had us ensuing about how impressed we were with the food – and the service was attentive without being intrusive.
Waiting for our main course we were brought a taster of the chef’s delicious vegetable soup, served in a tea cup and saucer (a lovely quirky touch), this was so full of flavour I wanted the recipe to take home with me!
Roast rack of lamb, carrot purée, fine bean & bacon bundle, layered potato cake, and lamb faggot followed, the lamb was succulent and tender, the faggot, wrapped in a cabbage leaf was a nice touch and had a slight spicy kick to it. Poached Wester Ross salmon, mushroom & spinach risotto, sharp lemon sauce, asparagus and crackling this was a dish that was packed with creative flavours and textures as well as being beautifully presented – as all the dishes were. We were given a Beaujolais to pair with the lamb (I stuck with my prosecco, apparently it is a fine accompaniment to salmon).
I’d decide to only indulge in a starter and main course but once I saw the dessert menu it proved too big a temptation and the Two Mile Ash honey cheesecake, honeycomb, meringue, nougatine, and crumbled shortbread was ordered – (the reason it’s called this is because the honey is local and from Two Mile Ash in Milton Keynes), it was utterly delightful with soft flavours mixed with strong crunchy honeycomb a dessert made in heaven I do believe. Banana bavarois, bitter chocolate, fudge, caramelised banana, banana macaroon was a recommendation of Gareth’s and WOW he knows his dishes, paired with two sweet wines that could have been produced just for our desserts.
We skipped coffee in favour of peppermint tea, which of course was served with homemade petit fours that were the icing on the cake to a superb dining experience, where the food was fabulous and service impeccable.
DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes
Saxon Street, Milton Keynes