Charming Modern World Food at Foley's, Fitzrovia
Restaurant review: Foley’s, Fitzrovia, London
Style Points: 4/5
Foley’s in a newly opened unique little restaurant serving a range of Modern World dishes inspired by the spice trail. Brought together by Head Chef Mitz Vora fresh from his position as Sous Chef at The Palomar, Foley’s menu is full of exciting courses.
Following a successful six week pop-up (Foley’s Tasting Kitchen) in Shepherd's Bush they have now opened their permanent location in Foley Street in Fitzrovia.
Foley’s restaurant fits in snugly to the other small but cute restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the area. However although it may come across as a small space, Foley’s is a 70 cover 2 floors with an alfresco coffee bar and an open kitchen with bar seating too.
Would I Want Seconds?
From my first glance at the menu I had already noted several dishes that I wanted to try and was quite pleased when the waitress suggested ordered 3-4 sharing plates each!
The short one page menu is divided into four sections, starting with ‘bits and bobs’. From this sections we ordered the Spiced sweet potato fritters (£6) which were served with grilled pineapple, cured red onions, saffron coconut curry sauce. The mix of flavours in this dish meant it whet the appetite and worked well as a starter. We also ordered Ceviche endive tacos (£6.50) which included Tuna, octopus, endive, cucumber, coconut miso leche, peanuts. This dish was also full of subtle flavours and again arrived beautifully presented.
The next section of the menu was titled ‘Veg’ and from here we ordered a rich aubergine dish (£8) served with pomegranate, dates, chilli lime yogurt, puffed quinoa and feta.
Next on the menu was the ‘Meat’ section and from this we tried the cornflake crusted popcorn chicken (£8) with pickled shimeji, corn, endive, chorizo. This dish was slightly on the spicy side, which actually made a nice change to the soft and subtle flavours in our previous dishes.
Finally the last section of the menu was entitled ‘From the sea’ and from here we tried the hake (£9) served with tamarind, fennel, coconut, crispy chickpeas, okra, coriander, kale and the grilled octopus (£9) with black sesame mayo, spicy pork mince, peanuts, bok choy, housemade sriracha. By this point were quite pleased with our table laden with well-presented and tasty dishes!
Could I Afford Seconds?
The menu at Foley’s restaurant is based on a sharing basis and so it is recommended to order between 3 - 4 dishes each. However as each of the dishes are priced between £8 - £12 this can quickly add up.
Additionally the portions are also on the small side, especially when shared, meaning that ordered a larger number of dishes is required
We were delighted by the appearance of all the dishes we tried at Foley's restaurant, as they arrived as beautiful pieces of art! They were also full of subtle variations in flavour which although were not overwhelming, they indicated a certain skill in their construction.
Overall I enjoyed my meal at Foley’s and will certainly keep it in my for any casual summer meals coming up.
Visit Foley’s website
Address: 23 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DU
Tube Station: Goodge Street