Last Thursday saw the launch party of T.E.D Restaurant in Caledonian Road, King’s Cross. Ethically sourced British products and sustainability is the gastronomic theme of this restaurant hence it’s name: Think. Eat. Drink.
We were greeted with trays of bubbles, gin cocktails and wine. As the crowds hadn’t yet crowded in when I arrived I was able to admire the restaurant’s newly kitted out interior. T.E.D is stylish, simple and understated with wooden chairs in the style of Eames and Wegner and large glass ceiling pendants with vintage Edison light bulbs. The restaurant is not fancy, it’s not opulent; it fits in perfectly with Caledonian Road and I like that.
Later in the evening guests began arriving at the launch thick and fast and so did the canapés. My bite size dinner, along with the drinks, was a never ending supply which I consumed at any opportunity by intervening the waitresses whenever I could. Dorset crab and radish bites was a reflection of one of their starters on their summer menu; I was pleased to see white and brown meat adorn the little plate of sour dough it sat on. My partner and I fought over the steak tartare and I was pleasantly surprised to see a generous helping of melt-in-your-mouth beef. Mushroom profiteroles, mozzarella and courgette and pork croquettes completed the line of canapés quickly disappearing into the Bermuda Triangle which was my mouth.
I left before my face could turn completely red from an overdose of bubbles, gin and wine. Before I left I managed to catch a glimpse of the driving force behind T.E.D and its values of sustainability and ethics , Jamie Grainger-Smith, a restaurateur whose experience spans over two decades. Jamie held key roles in well known restaurants such as The River Café in Hammersmith and Fifteen with Jamie Oliver.
The launch was an excellent showcase of T.E.D’s potential and if the canapés were anything to go by, I look forward to returning to try out the seasonal menu.