Dinner and a movie has never been better as Benugo’s new restaurant Stephen Street Kitchen opens in the British Film Institute.
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Stephen Street Kitchen is the latest restaurant from Benugo, located in the British Film Institution with a seasonal British/ Modern European inspired menu, peppered with a few worldy influences. Literally designed for dinner and a movie, this ultra cool restaurant offers exclusive access to screening rooms where you can indulge in their beautiful seasonal dishes whilst watching your favourite film. Gone are the days of popcorn and a large Sprite my friends!
The slick dining room on the ground floor of the institute is decked out with Scandi-style contemporary parquet flooring, a gorgeous mix of lux lime-green velvet booths and dark wooden tables, with just a sprinkle of industrial décor. An open kitchen with a wood fired oven sits in the centre of Stephen Street Kitchen, where the chefs busily prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and their special Saturday brunches.
Sipping on an Aperol spritz, we nibbled on some of the creamiest hummus I’ve ever tasted alongside fresh cut crudités, a wonderfully healthy alternative to the traditional breadbasket. This angelic eating was immediately canned when we were presented with a bowl of cheesy mushroom croquettes. These golden balls oozed earthy goodness and were utterly addictive.
Getting down to more serious business, I chose potted crab (£9.00), a lovely little ramekin of sweet crab meat topped with just-set creamy butter that came with thin slices of toast and tangy pickled cucumber. When eaten together all the elements of the dish were a symphony of flavour and texture, simply a delicious starter. For our second choice they nailed a classic crimson red gazpacho (£5.00), laced with subtle spice from red pepper, a good zing of garlic and lots freshness. We could have happily swam in this sublime soup.
For our mains we both ordered from the wood fired section of the menu: the smoky aroma coming from the kitchen proving too much to resist! A shiny slab of pork belly (£15.50) glistened in a thick, sweet bbq glaze, perfectly complimented by a delicate, caper and olive studded shredded parsley salad that sang with sweet and crunchy apple matchsticks.
Next came the lamb flatbread (£11.00) topped with soft, cinnamon packed lamb mince, tangy pomegranate seeds that popped pleasantly when eaten, crunchy pine nuts and a generous drizzle of creamy yoghurt. Wood firing the dough made it extra crispy, and gave the entire flatbread a moreish smoky flavour.
The dessert menu is full of sweet joys that could all have been gladly consumed, but with a little persuasion from the waitress we couldn’t resist their tart of the day (£5.00), a wonderful cherry frangipan bursting with sour sweet cherries that seeped into the nutty filling and oozed across the perfectly buttery pastry.
For more information on Stephen Street Kitchen visit benugo.com