I liked the decor of the white walls, high ceilings and general feel of the place. Our waiter was friendly and we were seated in a small dining room with three or four other small tables and one bigger one. It's nice to fill a small room as it creates a bit more of an ambience rather than a few tables in a large space.
We also enjoyed some chicken potsticker dumplings which were generously sized. I loved the thick casing. Some people prefer a thin dumpling wrap but I love carbs so I liked the almost pasta like denseness of these. I also enjoyed the seaweed salad they came on.
We went with:
- Char-grilled wagyu porterhouse, potato & thyme confit, bone marrow jus
- Chestnut honey glazed duck, rainbow chard, baby turnips & honey jus
- Maple glazed brussel sprouts and bacon
The duck was flavoursome and tasty with little blobs of something sweet to enhance the duck meat. And the brussel sprouts were just bitter enough to cut through all the richness whilst still remained decadent as the wonderful buttery and bacon flavours came through.
The Graham is a great gastro pub with good service, pleasant surroundings and efficient and capable wait staff. Prices err on the expensive side but I guess when everything is so good it has to. The wine list is impressive too and sadly we couldn't take advantage of it as we had evening plans and I still had champagne cobwebs in my head from the night before.
I would recommend the Graham for sure as somewhere to go for something classical and straightforward where the food is honest and tasty and when reliability is important.