Alluring Andaz – fine dining

Entering Andaz 1901, you leave behind the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street for an altogether more serene experience. Opened in  1884 as the Great Eastern Hotel, it was designed by Charles Barry Junior whose father designed the Houses of Parliament.  The dining room was the original railway hotel’s ballroom and has an impressive stained glass dome. Beautifully lit,  it is interspersed with a bar area.  This gives the place a certain buzz and relaxed vibe which we particularly appreciated.

Andaz 1901
The tables would benefit from being spaced out a little more but the lighting and general ambiance is lovely.

Suze Luxury Columnist at Andaz 1901
We began with a glass of Veuve Clicquot that accompanied the complimentary entree nicely.

Andaz 1901
My starter, a jerusalem artichoke mousse was pleasant but lacked seasoning. Mr Luxe was luckier with his pork belly starter!

Andaz 1901                Andaz 1901
My main of pan-fried pollock with fennel was light and healthy.

Andaz 1901
Mr Luxe went for pan-fried chicken with a lentil and corn salad. By now we were feeling virtuous, so it was time to bring on the deserts!

Andaz 1901
These were most definitely the highlight of the meal. I don’t know if they have a specific pastry chef but these deserts displayed a particularly high level of technical skill and complexity of flavour. My chocolate desert was served with candied hazelnuts, giving the dish a pleasing contrast.

Andaz 1901 desert
Mr Luxe’s desert was a refreshing Piña Colada parfait of pineapple and coconut.

Andaz 1901 desert
If you get the opportunity, do have a look at the sumptuous Masonic Temple. It was also designed by Charles Barry Junior at a cost of £50,000 – around £4million in today’s money. As it wasboarded up during the war and does not appear on the plans for the building, it lay undiscovered until a workman found it in the 1990s during renovations. It can now be hired as an events space.

Temple at Andaz 1901

Suze Luxury Columnist & Mr Luxe
Andaz 1901, 40 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7QN

Andaz 1901 dining room

  • Such amazing architecture and design. The Pollock, mango and coconut desserts looks yummy Lucy

  • Emma

    Oh my, that food looks delicious! And what better place to enjoy it than somewhere like that?

    Em | Hmm maybe…

  • Thanks Emma, I’d definitely recommend it – great for drinks too