At last, after many recommendations, we have finally tried Market in Camden and it’s a real food paradise.
Market is a lovely restaurant on 43 Parkway in the heart of Camden Town, a gastronomic restaurant recommended by the Michelin guide but by no means pretentious. If you want to treat someone who loves great produce then this is definitely the place to go.
If you head to Market for lunch, then you can bag a set lunch of two courses for just £10. Now that’s cheap for a pub, for a restaurant of this calibre in the middle of Camden it’s just unheard of. We, however, were so tempted by the ‘a la carte’ options that we skipped the set lunch and dove head first into the main menu.
The Market Starters:
We love sharing our starters, so the ‘Meat Board’ for two just made sense, even if we weren’t sure what we were actually going to get. For Miss Greedy Cochon, this dish was the highlight of the meal. It’s a huge platter of the best things that a market could bring to you all on one board. From the quail egg Scotch Eggs to the mouth-watering Chorizo, every element was delicious.
The other starter we tried was the duck egg served with mushrooms on toast. Being a huge fan of mushrooms I was really pleased to find some chanterelles on my plate. Again, everything was great, especially the bread, which a lot of restaurants tend to neglect, Market clearly don’t.
The Market Mains:
Ah the mains. We tried three different main courses between us; lamb, gnocchi and featherblade beef.
The lamb came served with a dauphinoise potatoes and was absolutely divine. It literally melted in the mouth, I think this one will stay in my mind for a while.
Next up was the ashed goat’s cheese and squash gnocchi. Another version of gnocchi was featured in the lunch menu served with aubergine, but Miss Greedy Cochon can never resist goat’s cheese so plumped for the ‘a la carte’ version instead. The goat’s cheese was nice and tart, contrasting the buttery squash and grilled hazelnuts gave the dish a nice crunch.
Then the feather blade beef and homemade chips served with an aioli sauce. The beef was a lovely medium rare, the chips were plentiful and the aioli gave a nice kick.
Sorry little Cochons, we have let you down. The desserts all sounded amazing but at this stage we were completely stuffed! We will come back and start with the desserts next time to be sure to try them