You’ve probably never heard of Emma Crouch.
She was a prostitute living on the streets of Covent Garden in the late 1800’s. Life was not good for her.
So, she did the natural thing and moved to Paris, changed her name to Cora Pearl, and became a courtesan to dukes, princes, and the elites of society, accumulating a vast fortune of chateaus, jewellery, and clothing while she did it.
And now, she’s had a restaurant named after her, too.
That restaurant – though in Covent Garden, not Paris – comes to you from the Kitty Fisher’s team, with the kitchen helmed by former head chef there, George Barson. He’s come up with a menu that feels both familiar and fancy, elevating comfort food with top-notch ingredients and presenting plates with that signature Kitty Fisher’s flair.
The space itself is seriously intimate, seating just 55 amid its glossy herringbone-tiled walls, soft vintage lighting and velvet green banquettes. The kitchen, however, is sizeable, allowing Barson and his team to branch out a little with the dishes. On the menu you’ll find numbers like leek heart and smoked eel terrine; veal fillet with bordelaise and celeriac; and the applaudable Quail Caesar! (quail, with a side of Caesar salad and budum-tshh). And to finish? There’s chocolate ganache dribbled over malt ice cream; trifle to share; and a superlative coffee and cardamom sponge, served with milk sorbet.
We’d buy it a chateau if we could.
NOTE: Cora Pearl is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-2.30pm and 5.30-10.30pm (lunch only on Sunday). You can find out more and book on their website HERE.
Cora Pearl | 30 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8NA
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