I don’t know about you, but when I was younger despite never being able to finish my main course I always some how had room for pudding. Even today this special reserve tank is still in operation and it’s just as well as the dessert is officially the new main course according to The Pudding Bar, which has made its mark in London’s Soho this summer.
This eclectic and bohemian pop up is championing the pudding, suggesting we skip our starter and our main course and jump straight to where all the action is. And I think they could be on to something as the Chief Taster and I found out as we made our way to Soho to discover this sweet nugget.
There is no shortage of temptation on the menu, from the banoffee pie to the strawberry eton mess as well as a milk chocolate cheesecake. Or why not go for the selection of choux buns, filled with strawberry mouse, clotted cream and ice cream or a good old fashioned cheese board. To add to the choice today’s special was honey madeleines with apricots, coconut and apricot sorbet. If however the selection is all to much you can go for the taster menu to share and sample one of everything matched with wine, making for the perfect date night suggestion!
The Chief Taster however opted for the blueberry and cinnamon Baked Alaska, served with fresh blueberries and an elderflower gel, paired with a glass of tokaji, the ultimate pudding wine. Visually pleasing and although a little icy and not as creamy in the middle as he would have liked this was a well executed Baked Alaska, which would have passed any Great British Bake Off contest with flying colours.
I decided to try my luck with the buttermilk panna cotta served with a raspberry sorbet, almond crumble and fresh raspberries. This was the winner without a doubt. An excellently executed panna cotta, which melted in your mouth and the sharp taste of the raspberry sorbet cut through the creamy panna cotta beautifully. A match made in heaven.
A lot of love and attention had gone into carefully preparing each of these dishes. And rightly so. The pudding should be the show stopper when its comes to rounding off a meal and our selections definitely made a good impression.
This is a quirky pop up definitely worth returning to, especially if you have a sweet tooth. A great way to spend an evening with friends over a good bottle of wine or something a little more fizzy chosen from The Pudding Bar’s long wine list matched with a decadent but decently priced pudding. And after all, who actually never has any room for pudding?!
The Pudding Bar
26 Greek Street, Soho, London
020 3620 4747