At House of Coco, we all like to try and eat a balanced diet as well as occasionally indulging in naughty treats from time-to-time. With its nutritious and wholesome dishes, the Bingham’s ‘Mindful Menu’ really does seem like you can have your cake and eat it – and we mean this quite literally. Our writer Kayleigh Lavery visited the Richmond restaurant to test-drive their menu.
Planted on Surrey’s lovely riverside stretch, The Bingham describes itself as ‘Richmond’s most picturesque restaurant with rooms’. The Georgian townhouse has been modernised in a stylish design, lending it a grown-up, cool atmosphere. Once in the bar, the high ceilings, ornate coving and oversized mirrors draw your eyes upwards and around the room. I sank back into the taupe leather small sofa, sipped on a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc and lusted over the droplet chandeliers.
Andrew Cole, who has recently been appointed as head chef, has mastered the art of mindful fine dining. Seasonal dishes have been created for their vital antioxidants and vitamins with an added cup of feel-good. The twin vaulted dining rooms are filled with blossom and the warm lighting creates an intimate environment. We were seated at a river-facing table and despite it being a dark Tuesday night in February, it’s not hard to imagine what the views would be like come summer. (The Bingham frequently hosts weddings on their outside dining area which is on the bank of the river.)
Dishes here are served with precision and an amuse bouche of maple cured salmon with sesame was a nice touch. For starters, we enjoyed the leek and potato soup that was deliciously smooth and creamy. A quail’s egg with the brightest orange yolk and wild mushrooms added a strong flavour to a classic soup. The market fish that day was cod, and being partial to white fish I was intrigued to sample theirs. The chunky piece of cod came on a bed of parsley couscous with crispy kale and was bought to life with a simple scattering of pine nuts. What’s good about this menu is you can have a dessert sans the guilty feeling. Their hazelnut mousse came with these light-as-air, white chocolate squares with sable biscuits and a zingy lime gel.
This set menu is just as intriguing as the à la carte menu, and is a steal at £20 for three courses or £17 for two. We highly recommend this menu if you want the pleasure of eating delectable food content in the knowledge that the nutritious dishes won’t be spoiling any new year detox.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit The Bingham’s website here
61-63 Petersham Road,