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54 Farringdon

After a jam-packed afternoon of culture, some of those who came to the Wellcome museum decided to go for an early supper to sate the beasts gnawing our bellies. Conveniently named after its location on Farringdon Road (convenient as I am a total numpty and forgot the map), 54 is a simply marvellous Malaysian restaurant.

The menu is varied and slightly pricey for those still holding bank statements resembling their student days but if you request the set menu you can find a good selection of dishes for a reasonable price. Our party chose the £14.95 3 course set menu, which was very reasonable even with some supplementary options added. Check their website for upcoming offers.

We all had the satay to start with and were pleasantly surprised at the portion sizes. Smothering our succulent skewers with peanutty goodness we happily chomped away. Mains were also generously portioned and my beef curry with jasmine rice was delicious. Chunks of meat lounged in a thick, devilishly spicy sauce that clung to the sticky rice in only the way a really good curry can. I assume the other meals were good from the happy, lip smacking sounds surrounding me but to be honest, I was having a bit of a love affair with this curry so I didn’t really notice.

Originally disappointed that the only option on the set menu was ice cream (yawn) we were glad after the heat (and size) of the mains. Preparing to fill the little ice cream sized pocket in our drum-tight stomachs we were presented with an exciting plethora of choice. When they arrived we decided that the coconut sorbet and lemongrass ice cream were the stand out winners of the night. We all pledged to give ice cream a fair go in future restaurant situations. Of course if you are some type of lacto-free, vegan fool then other desserts were available at a supplement.

Positives:

  • Great variety
  • Large portions
  • Nice atmosphere and decor
  • Amazing ladies loos – trust me

Negatives:

  • They seem a bit protective of their water jug so if you’re parched make sure you’re in a position to easily attract their attention
  • Our service was great as we were early but diners coming later had the waiting staff rushed off their feet so could be a problem

All in all a 3 course meal for four with service cost us just shy of £75 – bargin. They also do takeaway if you live / work in the area. A great introduction to a new world of flavour!

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