Being brought to One New Change shopping centre near St. Paul’s on a date left me feeling a bit sceptical about how successful this evening was going to turn out as it is quite a sterile area and the city not being my favourite area of London. Luckily, I was brought here for good reason – to come to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen.
Suitably stylish with very professional service, Bread Street Kitchen takes very good care of their diners. The restaurant is much bigger than I initially thought and we were seated right at the end next to a big window overlooking the city.
We started our meal with a starter and a glass of wine. I had the warm beetroot tart with toasted pine nuts and organic goat’s curd (sounds weird but believe me, it was a yum alert). My date had baked scallops with carrot puree, treacle bacon and celery cress, also very tasty. For mains I had roasted cod with crushed potatoes, artichoke and salted capers. Cod being my favourite fish, I had high expectations but luckily it lived up to them being absolutely delicious. My date enjoyed slow-roasted Dingley Dell pork belly with spiced apple sauce which was also a winner.
After letting our main courses go down we eventually decided to order desert after not being able to resist the menu. I had the cherry bakewell tart with Jersey clotted cream while my date had the chocolate fondant with mint chip ice cream. After our meal the staff left us to chat and let our food settle for as long as we wanted which gave us the chance to get to know each other better. We were absolutely stuffed so it was a good thing too! When we were finally ready to leave, we went to the bar upstairs on the roof to see the absolutely stunning view of St. Paul’s cathedral so I would recommend tying that in with your visit.
I won’t lie, this place isn’t cheap so it’s definitely one for a special occasion – but I would say it’s worth splashing out on.