Megan's gardennightOne of London’s hidden little treasures, Megan’s is a loveable café and deli in Fulham well known for their delicious salads, and a popular spot for weekend brunch. Having enjoyed many lazy Summer brunches in their lush green courtyard garden, StyleNest recently went to check out what Megan’s is like at night and fell immediately under its spell.

From the outside, Megan’s looks more like a café but don’t be misleaded. Make sure to book a table in the courtyard (yes, even in winter) and you’ll find yourself transported to a romantic garden filled with lush foliage, flowers and candles, and lit up by hundreds of twinkling fairy lights, creating a magical atmosphere.

Megan’s has recently appointed a new chef and has introduced a few menu changes and additions, injecting a new lease of life into the restaurant, and we couldn’t wait to try out their new menu.

We were welcomed by the manager, who was very warm and friendly and showed us to our table downstairs in the lit-up and romantic courtyard. Despite it being the middle of winter the courtyard felt warm and cosy, and we took off our jackets, taking in the quirky and charming atmosphere. The room was filled with the relaxed chatter and laughter of groups of friends, couples and first dates, all enjoying the Mediterranean style grill menu at their gingham covered tables and sat on comfortable benches covered with pillows.

Our prosecco arrived and our waitress talked us through their new menu and her recommendations.

There was a wide range of starters, sharing plates and nibbles to choose from and we decided to share a selection including a charcuterie board, giant green olives (the good kind you only find on holiday), quails eggs, little croquettes, and taramasalata with flatbreads and pickled pepperoncini. My favourite was definitely the taramasalata with flatbreads, although be warned – the pepperoncini really pack a punch!

We perused the main courses and I went for the grilled tiger prawns whilst my partner opted for their Bavette steak. Thankfully all mains come with a generous portion of hand cut fries and a winter salad – so there’s no risk of your chips getting pinched!

My grilled tiger prawns came on a wooden board with a sort of homemade tartar sauce, hand cut fries and a salad. The prawns were huge and meaty and covered in lemony garlicy yumminess with that distinct barbequed charcoal-like smoky flavour.

The bavette steak came thickly sliced and perfectly dark pink and juicy, with a béarnaise dipping sauce, hand cut fries and a salad, all presented on a wooden board.

Hands down one of the most romantic restaurants I’ve been to in London and very reasonably priced too, this has become a firm favourite – not just for weekend brunch, but for a romantic dinner any night of the week.

Megan’s ‘Secret Garden’ dining room is open for Valentine’s Day with a four-course special menu from the grill for £35 a head, created by Head Chef Sercan Ugurlua. Celebrating Valentine’s not just for one day, but for the whole month, The Bakery at Megan’s has introduced ‘Cake Collections’, the first of which is their Crystal Heart Collection which includes the Kiss Cake at £3.50, a Swiss roll filled with vanilla, Swiss meringue buttercream and raspberry jam, encased in white chocolate. Megan’s homage to the much anticipated film ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ released this February, is its house Vanilla Cupcake at £3.95, re-invented with a topping of Earl Grey infused buttercream, and finished off with a single crystal heart.

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