B and I are trying to introduce a tradition of going to see the ballet once a year. 2014's trip came a little late. It was in 2015. But only just. Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House was full of spins and sparkles and pirouettes. I have now signed up for ballet classes. I've not left it too late in my life to learn to be able to be spun around on my tippy toes in a sparkling tutu with a tiara, have I?
Before these three hours of magical ballet, we had a super quick meal at Great Queen Street. Maman and Papa have recommended this play to us a million times - a Covent Garden gem. Arriving at 6.35 and telling them we had to be at the Opera House by 7.30 wasn't the kindest thing for us to do... But they coped admirably. The speediest choices were highlighted to us by the wonderful front of house, and the food arrived with us in a wonderfully prompt fashion. We had left work, made our way to Covent Garden, eaten, collected our tickets and sat down ready for the ballet in just over an hour.
This was the start of my birthday celebrations, so a blood orange and campari bellini was in order. Fresh and just the right balance of sweet and bitter.
Spinach, ricotta and mushroom rotolo for me because I'm predictable and can't resist anything with spinach and ricotta in. The mushrooms gave this a deep, woody flavour: an indulgent addition to the usual combination.
B skilfully sped his way through a whole mackerel with pickled rhubarb and the best horseradish I've ever tasted.
Our plates were cleared and the bill was bought at 7.14 as we had been promised it would be. Thank you so much to everyone at Great Queen Street for your super speedy, welcoming service and flawless food. We'll be back for a slightly less frantic meal soon!
Great Queen Street, 32 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA
Highlight: The best service
Lowlight: We didn't have enough time to eat the whole menu