Hidden in the backstreets of Fitzrovia, away from the buzz of Oxford Street, sits Percy & Founders, a sleek restaurant and bar serving up classic British dishes. Surrounded by numerous businesses and companies, the venue has become a popular spot for office outings, parties and after-work drinks. But if you're not looking to schmooze the bigwigs? I decided to check it out for myself and brought my sister along for the ride.
It’s lunchtime on a Monday afternoon, but Percy & Founders still has a buzz about it. A number of tables in the dining room are taken up by a mix of both lunchtime groups and suited folk, whilst the bar has a splattering of people casually working on their laptops. The dining room serves up some real art deco chic with wood-panelled walls featuring numerous jazzy paintings and retro wire lights.
Whilst looking over the menu of European-inspired dishes and drink, we nibbled on green olives (£4) and bread with a herb butter and roasted garlic (£4). Popping a clove into my mouth, I did feel a little guilty for the poor commuters I'd be sharing a tube with later. And to drink? Their hugo spritz (£9.50) made for a delicious afternoon drink, with the mint and elderflower beautifully balanced and complemented the prosecco beautifully.
Starting off our meal on a cheesy note, we decided on the baked camembert P&F sharing board (£17.50). Accompanied by a medley of truffle ham, roasted garlic, gherkins and toasted bread, it was the perfect dish for a cold autumnal day. Following the cheese-fest I opted for a fish dish in the form of the roast Atlantic salmon fillet with caramelised salsify, baby spinach & samphire (£19) and a glass of 2016 Grillo, Il Folle white wine (£7). A light and refreshing option, the skin was beautifully crispy whilst the meat flaked away as I picked it. The salty samphire rounded off the plate nicely and I only wished there was more of it.
A carnivore through and through, my sister went for a medium-rare Galloway grass-fed 250g rib-eye steak (£26), which was cooked perfectly. With mains and sides served separately, we couldn’t resist making the most of the truffle options on the menu and ended up with a double combo of truffle mash (£5.50) and truffle & Parmesan skin-on-fries (£4.50). As far as I'm concerned, anything with truffle in it is sheer gold and these two did not prove me wrong.
On to something a little sweeter, we decided to share a Bramley apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream (£7.50) and baked cheesecake with slow-roasted plum and hazelnut crumb (£7.50). A wintry staple, the crumble didn't disappoint, with the classic combo cooked beautifully without being over-stewed. But it was the baked cheesecake that was the clear winner. The hazelnut crumb was nutty gold dust and the roasted plum left me with a sweetly tart aftertaste.
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With a seasonally changing menu of guaranteed crowd-pleasers and an impressive drinks list, all wrapped up in a very slick bow, Percy & Founders is a great choice for both your work luncheons and out-of-hours frolics. Whilst some of the dishes may be a little on the spenny side it's worth splashing the cash for the excellent quality you'll receive.