Introducing our 1970s-inspired food at 180 House
In October, we began to introduce new items to our UK menus, with each House having its own distinct dishes. At 180 House, we are taking our cues from 1970s classics, which you’ll find among our House Regulars and other local House dishes
By Anish Patel
They call the 1970s the decade that taste forgot, but we think that’s unfair. It was a period of high-voltage, rich culinary masterpieces that were as much a feast for the eyes as they were the stomach. Just ask Gavin Davis, Head Chef at 180 House and the mastermind behind the 1970s-inspired dishes at our newest London outpost.
‘It was a bit of a scary thing to tackle at first, but the more I poured myself into older recipe books, the more I loved it,’ he says, citing restaurateur Robert Carrier as a reference. ‘You can tell these dishes are from the 1970s by the work that goes into them and the richness of flavours,’ says Davis. ‘We have experimented with a lot of ingredients from back then, which are a joy to work with – from tinned cherries in our black forest cake to raspberry jelly in our trifle, coming soon. It’s all a bit of fun and nostalgia.’
Standout dishes include the Mushroom Vol Au Vent – a fluffy puff pastry filled with duxelle and sauteed wild mushroom that’s garnished with shaved black truffle and arrives with a side of vol au vent cream. Then there’s the melt-in-your-mouth Steak Tartare and the Salmon En Croute, which comes wrapped in crisp pastry with a light creamed leek and watercress sauce.
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s the Profiteroles that are filled with vanilla ice cream and a side of velvety chocolate sauce, and the Black Forest Gateau: layers of chocolate sponge cake, cherries, and whipped cream. Or try the Arctic Roll: strawberry ice cream wrapped in thin layers of sponge cake that’s drizzled with raspberry sauce.
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