The Bayfield Family have ventured across the bridge to the East, after selling iconic venue, the Newport Arms, earlier this year. Under this new ownership, Paddington stalwart, The Light Brigade has not only been given a fresh facelift, but La Scala has been replaced by Brigade Dining, under the direction of Executive Chef Marco Adler.
Rather than soaking up the attention of his doting customers, Chef Marco takes refuge in the kitchen. Unlike many chefs, the former executive chef at Fresh Catering seems almost daunted by the prospect of any attention. This is something he will have to overcome, as his dishes are attention seekers. Beauty is only skin deep, except when it comes to the food at Brigade. In fact, the worst bit about dining here is not being able to decide which dish to upload to instagram, they’re all worthy of a spot on your news feed.
Beyond aesthetics, the menu is well thought out – it doesn’t stray too far from classic flavour combinations yet still offers the diner something new and unexpected. Simply fried squid is paired with a black-hued squid ink mayonnaise which is so subtle that it appeals to all palates, even those wary of seafood. A little mix-and-match plate of just-seared scallops, salmon belly tartare, pea puree and cubes of watermelon sounds unusual but is a standout dish, with each element complimenting the other. A classic heirloom tomato, burrata and basil salad is given an upgrade with the addition of a salty olive soil and rhubarb. An exciting new addition to the Paddington restaurant scene.
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