Legends has reopened as a steakhouse and now offers matchless cuisine in luxurious surroundings 7 Reviews
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Legends has reopened as a steakhouse and now offers matchless cuisine in luxurious surroundings. The jaunty-angled main room combines classic and modern styles to good effect and opens on to an expansive terrace allowing for al fresco dining. We opted to eat inside, enjoying the restaurant’s cosy feel and avoiding the imposing muzak being pumped from the outside speakers. Indeed the musical selection (Metal Mickey plays Broadway anyone?) was rather at odds with the classic feel of the restaurant and it was a blessed relief when the house pianist took to the central grand and soothed us with some well-judged perky jazz.
The service was truly outstanding: the polite and good-humoured staff catered to our every whim without becoming intrusive. Our starters – beef carpaccio, seafood fishcakes and duck confit – arrived promptly and were a joy to behold. The beef melted in the mouth, leaving a subtle taste on the palate, while the slow-roasted duck served with a quail’s egg sent us into raptures with its rich warm flavours. The fishcakes were somewhat dry and it was left to the accompanying honey garlic sauce to provide some much-needed taste and moisture.
If the starters were impressive, then the mains bordered on perfection. My peppercorn tenderloin steak was flambéed in brandy and red wine before our eyes, and served with cream to complete the outstanding, hyper-calorific dish. Served on creamy gratin potatoes, the thick meat cut like a dream and was well complemented by the alcohol and potent peppercorns. A plate of surf ‘n’ turf married equally impressive steak with chargrilled lobster and succulent prawns, which my tongue-tied companion could only describe as ‘stupidly good’.
Our tiger prawns were also fantastically presented, with a sea of soft pilau rice cradling the kind of colossal crustaceans last seen attacking captain Nemo in ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea’. The shellfish and sauce combination provided a two-tiered flavour sensation, with the initial burst of lime and butter giving way to a subtle aftertaste that lingered pleasantly in the mouth.
The desserts were superb, especially the crêpes suzette for which the mobile kitchen was once again wheeled out as our multi-talented waiter turned pan-wielder. The smell of freshly-prepared butterscotch filled the room as a group of newly-arrived diners eyed our table with wolfish expectancy. While the menu, and in particular the wine list, verges on the expensive side it is well worth treating yourself here: if the quality experienced on our visit continues then Legends will soon live up to its name.
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