Central & Co, Great Marlborough Street

Central & Co’s brasserie offers itself up as a purveyor of ‘all-day dining’ and, as it’s in Great Marlborough Street (i.e. near Oxford Street and Carnaby Street), it’s ideally situated for a pre-shopping breakfast, mid-shopping lunch or post-shopping drink. I couldn’t sample the entire menu from dawn to dusk, as much as I would have loved to try, but I got to spend an enjoyable evening in their popular, more laidback ground floor bar (the Central part).

We began with a few of their signature cocktails. The mojito was good, and one of their in-house inventions, the Great Minds cocktail, was a tasty wine-based one, which tasted of jam but in a really good way. The choice of evening main meals was a little minimal, and didn’t stray far from the old favourites. However, the dishes they did offer were good quality: the wild grilled fish of the day that I ordered, which turned out to be plaice with capers and vegetables, was delicious and hearty, and my friend said her grilled flank steak was perfectly cooked.

Where Central & Co’s evening offerings really came into their own was the sharers and small plates. The Marcona almonds were moreish (and didn’t actually taste much of almonds, which in my book is always a good thing) and another dish of note was the cucumber crisps. These resembled tempura, and really worked as an idea. We devoured a whole bowl between the two of us. Of the small plates we sampled the baby sausages with honey and mustard sauce, which were also incredibly addictive.

We were just a bit too full for dessert, but the Crème Brulee Martini we tried was a pudding in itself: thick, creamy and zesty, more lemony than I expected but all’s the better. All in all, a good place for a catch up, that has a good buzz about it but isn’t rammed and uncomfortable like many brasseries in such a central location.

Central & Co
22 Great Marlborough Street
Oxford Circus

Tel: 020 7437 4106

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