Newly opened, 23 Restaurant and Club is a modern European restaurant located in Boat Avenue.
Dine lakeside for a romantic evening or choose the elegant indoor surroundings for a more intimate dining experience. Featuring a full menu of delightful European and international cuisine as well as a modern wine cellar, 23 Restaurant and Club sets the bar for a refined dining experience.
Greeted by the owner, we opt to sit outside to enjoy the last colours of sunset and the evening breeze. We dig into the menu straight away, and on recommendation, order starters of Tuna Tataki, Avocado Organic Cold Soup and a Green Organic Mix Salad, served with healthy seeds and pine nuts. The Tuna Tataki is the standout dish of the starters. It’s fresh and zesty, featuring avocado sauce, sesame oil and the common Japanese spice mixture togorashi. The tuna is tender and the portion size perfect to share. The avocado soup is an interesting concept, but lacks the sparkle to keep me interested. The mix salad is tasty; the lettuce leaves are crunchy, the pine nuts add flavour and the simple splash of lemon juice as dressing is just right.
The varied main dishes arrive accordingly and include Lamb Chops with Mashed Mint Potatoes, Organic Chicken served with grilled vegetables and homemade mushroom sauce and Salmon in Thai herbs and a green tea sauce. The dishes are all presented well. The mashed mint potatoes and chunky and creamy, with just a slight hint of mint, while the grilled vegetables accompanying the chicken are perfectly seasoned.
The chef’s culinary skills really shine on these three dishes, especially on the preparation and presentation of the salmon dish. Flavoured with ginger and lemongrass, the salmon is fresh and tender and splashed in a green tea sauce. This dish is unique to the restaurant, an original creation of the chef and one not to be missed as the unique flavours really bring out the taste of the salmon.
For those who fancy fine wine, the restaurant has an immense wine cellar filled with traditional favourites and high end speciality wines from around the world. Bottle prices are fair, and the wines are a great accompaniment to the delicious food.
23 Restaurant and Club is spacious enough for families and also quaint enough for small groups of friends.