The Adam & Eve is a small gastropub set in an Edwardian building buried five minutes away from Finchley Central – and it’s most definitely worth the detour.
Recently refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, this traditional meets modern, stands proud in the panoramic sleepy village of Mill Hill.
It’s a lovely little rustic pub that has character and the support of a close community, you wouldn’t believe you’re still in London.
Most modern day pubs can often be over pretentious, over-priced and overwhelming.
Not here, and its getting reviews that are making people sit up and take notice – real waves are being created amongst London’s highly competitive food industry.
Speaking to other diners, it seemed that a lot of people chose the restaurant primarily through word of mouth, which reflects the effort and work that’s gone into forming this excellent, but raw reputation.
Pondering the menu, set on a shabby, rigid piece of wood – a kind of given in most modern restaurants – I’m here for a main, as I could see the portions were superb, and there’s an array of choices that catch my eye.
Seasonal specials, many grill options or something from the sea, it surely delivers.
In our ever-changing society, it offers an original option for vegetarians too – it’s not a vegetarian option thats thrown together and stuck to the menu, like an awkward guest at an uninvited dinner party – there’s variety, choice, and it’s very appealing.
The waitress was attentive, pointing out bestsellers and personal favourites. I went with the Homemade sticky pork ribs with fresh chilli, spring onion & sesame seeds served with sweet potato fries & salad garnish – it did not disappoint.
The pork melted in the mouth, the meat was so tender due to the way it had been slowly cooked. You know that feeling you get when your waiting to meet someone at the airport, well I feel like I had been waiting this dish my whole life.
The sauce had a zesty kick, that tasty I took my time eating it savouring every piquant flavour. Accompanied by the ever so “trendy” option of sweet potato fries (you just cant get away from them), complimenting the dish to taste. I can see why this is a popular choice.
The ambience and general positive relaxing mood makes you feel at ease. This authentic restaurant is at its peak. It entertains the palette, added by the exceptional value and overall experience, I would highly recommend.
Credit to the restaurant, it can certainly compete with the best that London has to offer.
The Adam & Eve, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill Village, London, NW7 1RL. 020 8959 1553 – Different offers on most nights.
Featured image by Jack Allen.