What is in the Farringdon Pantry?…

THE MODERN PANTRY47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ

1/4/13

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A friend suggested visiting The Modern Pantry near Farrington, so booked a table for lunch on a chilly bank holiday Monday. Luckily we found parking next door to the restaurant and free because of the public holiday (perfect!).

We were directed to a table for two on the first floor (which we had booked in advance the day before). The restaurant was busy, with a nice relaxed but chic atmosphere with people of all ages present. The waiting staff also were very friendly when they directed us to our seats and gave us the menu’s.

The decor was quirky, arty and modern. I loved it. The main colour scheme was a light stone/vanilla colour on all the walls in the restaurant with pops of colour from medium and large sized, impressive, expressionist style paintings. The table and chairs were also bland and minimal colours, which added to the quirky but stylish decor.

Although it was lunch time, we were told that we could order any dish on the menu, which included the dinner and main meal dishes. My friend decided to order two poached eggs (organic, free range) with grilled chorizo, slow roasted tomatoes and plantain fritters. I decided (after changing my mind several times) to go with tea smoked salmon, two poached eggs, English muffin and yuzu (which is a Japanese citrus fruit) hollandaise.

The food arrived approximately 10/12 mins after ordering. Both plates looked very appetising and smelt great. My dish tasted great, the salmon was salty but had a sweet after taste on a nicely toasted muffin with the best hollandaise sauce I have ever tasted. It was not too oily or too zingy, it perfectly balanced the fish, muffin and egg with some nice handle of rocket to add the peppery kick. My friend however did not enjoy their dish as much as me and found the sour dough bread that accompanied the dish was very hard. They sampled my dish and much preferred this. We also ordered fresh juice alongside the lunch which was nice and fresh. I ordered grapefruit and my friend ordered orange.

I don’t really have a bad word to say about this restaurant, except maybe they should have a nice cake selection for people to choose from, because after my meal I was craving some carrot cake (or some kind of cake) with a nice cup of coffee (the fatty in me craves this!) but alas they only had pastries and a selection of deserts we didn’t fancy.

Verdict: I would MOST definitely go again

Loved the food, decor and ambience of this restaurant/cafe, just wish the weather had been nicer and it would have been a perfect afternoon. I can’t wait to visit again!

Food: 8.5/10

  • Ambience: busy, laid back and homely
  • Decor: stylish, quirky
  • Service: good and efficient
  • Value for money: OK – not great considering we only ordered one dish each plus a drink but I would say the food was worth it).
  • Price: ££

(2 fruit juices, 1 chorizo fry up, 1 tea salmon = 27.56 with a 12.5% service charge)

Nearest tube: Farringdon, its probably about a 10 min walk from there – http://www.themodernpantry.co.uk/

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~ by khannablog on April 7, 2013.

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