It’s Certainly not Plain at The Savannah Bar & Restaurant, Euston

12 Jul 2016

At work, I am known as 'the foodie'- if anyone wants a restaurant or bar recommendation then they come to me, and usually I can reel off a list of exciting new places to try. When it comes to Euston however, I tend to get a bit stuck for ideas. I know a decent pub and some quick and easy chain restaurants that are right outside the station, but nowhere with that 'je ne sais quoi'...until now!

Only a few steps from Euston station lies The Savannah Bar & Restaurant, within the Wesley Hotel. I’m not normally keen on ‘hotel restaurants’, but with its own separate entrance, I didn’t actually realise that the restaurant was in a hotel at first! With a fresh approach to fusion cuisine, the place is set over two floors and is flooded with natural light. The spacious bar downstairs has its own menu of small plates and sharing dishes, as well as an impressive wine list including biodynamic and organic wines.

Upstairs, the 54 cover a-la-carte restaurant is spacious and bright, with most of the furniture put together from recycled material. The décor is also inspired by nature and sustainability, with some stunning features such as The Bird of Prey, made of recycled shopping trolleys and standing majestically in the restaurant.

One of Savannah’s USPs is that all food is sourced ethically, from sustainable suppliers, artisan producers and family-run companies. The restaurant’s ethos is recycling and reducing carbon footprint and food miles. Only fish from non-endangered species feature on the menu.

Food is European in style, with African and Asian flavours such as the African spiced pork belly with scallop, carrot and miso purée (£9). I devoured the Prawn tempura, spicy tomato fondue, shiitake mushrooms and mango purée (£8.50) to start, and as well as looking beautiful on the plate, the flavours worked magically together.

For mains I’d definitely suggest the Rack of lamb with soft polenta and goat cheese mousse (£21.50), the lamb is deliciously tender and the mousse added a whole new element to the dish. If you do choose any sides, the mustard mash (£4) is wonderfully creamy and moreish.

The dessert selection is interesting to say the least with ice cream flavours, such as olive oil or whisky and lemon and red chilli sorbet. The Chocolate olive oil mousse (£7.50) is a great way to end the meal and is definitely worth a try for all those chocoholics out there (and I mean, who’s not, right?!)

The only downside was the trip to the toilets, which seemed extremely far away. By the end of the meal, a few glasses of wine down, my sister and I got a little lost having to go two floors in a lift and then past some of the hotel’s conference rooms, but we made it in the end!

In London’s fast growing restaurant scene, Savannah is a quirky new eatery that is well worth a try – and the ethical element, makes you feel good about eating there too!


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