I’ve been absolutely desperate to try Cameron’s Kitchen in Stony Stratford ever since it opened. My parents have been a few times and I’ve always been incredibly jealous. There aren’t many places for fine dining in Milton Keynes, so naturally I was keen to make a trip there. So imagine my delight when I won a competition on their Facebook page!! A meal for two to try out their new menu… yes please!
Cameron’s Kitchen is tucked away from the high street of Stony Stratford in Odell’s Yard. As a bit of background, Dan Cameron is a professional chef and took part in the Pro version on Masterchef. The menu at Cameron’s is very seasonal and uses local produce where possible. As well as their menu I’ve tried, they also offer a 5 or 7 course tasting menu with paired wines or cocktails if you’re after something a little more special.
The inside of the restaurant is clean and modern with a relaxed feel. If you’re lucky and the sun is out, you might be able to sit outside on a sunny evening! As an appetiser, we were bought a sundried tomato focaccia with gazpacho and a basil and orchid pesto. I loved the bread, it had an amazing texture and went so well with the dip. The gazpacho was creamy with a great flavour. I wasn’t sure about the pesto, but then I’m not a huge fan of floral flavours or pesto!
To start, I went against my usual choice (calamari!) and had the grilled butterfly prawns with mango and lime salsa. Oh. My. Goodness. This was incredible. The prawns were fluffy and flavoursome. The mango and lime salsa was very fresh and tasty, the perfect accompaniment to the prawns. I’d eat this all day if I could.
Harry had the scallops, chorizo and porcine mushroom cream. The scallops were a dream with a thick buttery texture. The mushroom cream was interesting, but no unpleasant. The chorizo livened up the dish and somehow managed to marry three very different ingredients together.
For mains, I opted for risotto. This was a mozzarella, pepperoni, pork belly and porcine risotto and it was heavenly! It was raining outside when we went for lunch and a little on the chilly side, so this was a great autumnal dish to warm me up a bit! The dish was creamy thanks to the mozzarella and had a bit of a kick from the pepperoni. The pork belly was crispy and added a welcome texture to the dish.
Harry decided to try the special dish, which was the spatchcock partridge served with a red wine jus, triple cook chips and spinach and mushroom. This went down very well! The meat was tender with a great flavour. The jus was very thick with a very rich flavour and the chips.. oh the chips!! Anything triple cooked is probably very naughty, but these were all kinds of amazing. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfect.
If you’re looking for somewhere for a more refined dining experience in Milton Keynes, I can highly recommend Cameron’s Kitchen. The new menu is very classic but with a twists and turns everywhere, so you’ll always think you know what you’re getting but not quite! Cameron’s lived up to everything I expected it to be and more, so I will definitely be returning for a special occasion. If you love good food, this is the place for you!
To view the menu or book a table, visit camerons.restaurant.