Moving to a new area, means going to new local restaurants and trying out the food. I have tried out a few restaurants in Enfield now, the majority near Enfield Chase station.
The Beautiful South, a French restaurant on the high street was one I had not tried yet. With my new neighbours, Laura and I, with Lucas too, went to visit.
Chef James Greer met his wife Moira whilst at work and in 1998 they opened the Beautiful South for the Enfield massive.
“Over the last 15 years I have developed and adapted the menus to show off my passion for cooking and would now describe the food as modern French with a British influence.
I prefer to use seasonal produce in the dishes and menus that I create. I select local suppliers whenever possible, allowing me to get the freshest products ingredients delivered daily.
We create and cook all our dishes in the restaurant which also includes a fantastic selection of desserts. We also have experience of banqueting in major London hotels and are able to cater and offer help with organising any special events such as Conferences, Weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs etc.”
After a nice late summer walk to the restaurant, we finally got to looking at the menu. We were offered the Sunday menu on arrival, but the original menu was on the table too. So to our delight and both menus we all chose what we wanted from the whole range of The Beautiful South.
After some back and forth, especially for me with what type of chicken I wanted, between Laura and I this is what we went for:
The food here was very hearty and welcoming. I would almost go as far as say it was quite homemade. But not. It was better than my cooking and I didn't have to go back and forth between the kitchen and conversing with guests. I sat back, relaxed and eventually ate my food (Lucas needed feeding in between).
The mushroom sauce for the chicken was rich and flavoursome. This on top of a well seasoned piece of chicken was a filling lunch. The two potatoes on the side were a good size to, this made sure I didn't need any extra sides, albeit, I still wanted dessert.
I had a bite of Lauras' Duck and this too was lovely and rich. The plum sauce added a nice acidity to the meat and veg. Duck can be a tricky meat to cook, but done correctly you get the crisp skin with tender meat. Every foodies dream. This duck may not have been the best dream duck ever, but it was tasty and worth the price at just over £14.
Up North, there is a nice restaurant called the Beautiful South. We were well fed, looked after and it was baby friendly. No complaints from me. Not the best restaurant ever, but one I would recommend if people ventured up to Enfield for dinner.
Good Times: Good food all round at a decent price
Watch Out: You can book off both menus on a Sunday
OMG: Drink some wine treat yourself