Hereford Road is a modest place. Simple and sleek, white metro-tiled background with leather seatings, no background music at all but just some gentle chatter and the rustling sound of knives and forks. All waiters are dressed in pitch black linen, discreetly attentive. You probably get the feeling already, the place is purely and truly about its food.
I loved the row of seatings where I sat on that day. They were a row of two-seaters leather bench/sofa(almost) separated with leather panel/handles. So you and your dining parter would sit sort of side by side, but with an angle, which is cosy and snugged, but you can also see each other’s face while talking without having to keep turning your head to a side. I personally would love to see this kind of seating arrangements used so much more! Someone tell me if they know whether there’s a specific name to these.
There were some pretty daring choices on the menu, e.g. Calf’s brain. As Chinese, we stop at nothing for delicious food. I was real tempted with the brain, but just didn’t feel quite in the right mood on the day. But hubby ordered lamb’s kidneys for main, so I happily took a few bites from his plate. The kidneys were really fresh, perfectly seasoned so there’s no unpleasant smell whatsoever. Pink in the middle, and just melted in my mouth.
My stewed duck leg was a success too. All the meat just fell off from the bone as my fork touched it. The soup was thickened from all the gelatine of the duck joint and skin. The seasoning was full of tastes from different herbs and spices, reminded me much of some Chinese seasonings, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
Nothing but a few drops of sauce and herbs marked the existence of the wonderful dishes once on this table.
After the rather heavy mains we both had, a little sweet seem appropriate. We shared a rhubarb jelly, and ended this lunch which was all about the food.