Friday, 6 May 2011

The Modern Pantry – It Beats Mine

I’ve been hearing about The Modern Pantry for a while now and it’s been on my long list of ‘restaurants to check out’, but I didn’t realise it had been around quite as long as three years – until our waiter confirmed its lengthy existence this evening. Still, better late than never….

The Modern Pantry: What’s The Deal? I love Clerkenwell on a warm Friday evening, hundreds of cool looking creative types spill out of the pubs clutching their pints and there’s a buzz of excitement in the London air. The Modern Pantry is found in Clerkenwell’s coolest corner – set back on the cobble-stoned St John’s Square and neighbouring the newly-opened Zetter townhouse.

The Modern Pantry, The Food: Canadian born and raised in New Zealand, female chef Anna Hansen sure does know what to do with her vegetables despite being brought up in the land of a thousand sheep and trained under purveyor of all things meaty Fergus Henderson.

We dined in the downstairs cafĂ© and stuck to vegetables only for the evening. We shared Hansen’s trademark fritters – lemon roast fennel, feta & parsley with golden & plum wine compote; a gorgeous gooey and Asian-tinged smokey grilled aubergine with chilli, yuzu soy dressing, crispy shallots and Thai basil, and a salad of roast golden beetroot, miso lentil, broad beans, pickled chantenay carrots, ricotta and spiced seeds all from the small plates/starters menu.

We also split a beautifully presented main dish of Amchur roast parsnip, cauliflower, spinach & Manouri briq cheese, with cashew cream, mango tamarillo and mint salsa.

The Modern Pantry, Toilet Watch: Light, spacious and airy and featuring a large pink mirror. Thumbs up.

The Modern Pantry, The Final Word: Treat your veggie friends to a meal here and watch them weep with joy.

The Modern Pantry, Check It Out:

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