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Choose the boisterous ground-floor café or the slightly more subdued first-floor dining room at this stylishly converted Georgian townhouse, set against the cobbled splendour of St John’s Square. Fusion queen Anna Hansen combines a freewheeling attitude to flavours with a fine knack of creating original, big-flavoured plates full of vibrancy and texture. Her sugar-cured prawn omelette jazzed up with smoky sambal is rightly famous, but there’s much more to tempt on the rolling all-day menu: fashionable ingredients fully justify their presence in dishes such as seared Orkney scallop with Persian-spiced cauliflower, coconut milk purée and cashew gremolata or marinated venison haunch with smoked carrot purée, braised leeks, beetroot and moromi miso relish. Some portions are on the small side, but we love the suggested wine pairings from the globetrotting list. The Pantry is a “great, buzzy place for brunch” too.  

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Munch My Way :: Breakfast at The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

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    St John Square is filled with places to eat. One such place that is renown and fill with great expectations for delicious food is at The Modern Pantry.

    The Modern Pantry is a restaurant that embody the philosophy of the desire to please and excite the palate through the use of modern ingredients and everyday cooking...
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  1. Visiting the Modern Pantry is like visiting your favourite aunt’s place who loves to feed you with unusual and tasty food combinations. The kind of aunt that loves taking care of you (much to the envy of your own mum) and who always makes you feel right at home by creating some great tasting dishes...
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  1. ‘The Modern Pantry’ is a restaurant found in the heart of St John’s Square in Clerkenwell with neighbours such as Bistro Bruno Loubet and Sushi Tetsu, the area is a foodie’s dream and ‘The Modern Pantry’ is no exception...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 28 April 2013

    Frenchy love food :: MODERN PANTRY - Brunch

    This week end I went for a brunch with friends at The Modern Pantry on St John Square in Clerkenwell.
    The restaurant is spread across 3 floors in a lovely Georgian House. Atmosphere...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 23 March 2013

    ytTastes :: Brunch at the Modern Pantry

    Cold, snowy & sleety… must be mad to go out to brunch with the girls and make it down to the Modern Pantry which is not in my neighbourhood. However a very quick & efficient over ground train to Farringdon gave me my usual first to arrive at the designated meeting place.

    I was a little apprehensive as I was considerably early and knowing that it had been difficult to book a table at the right time I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the staff, very welcoming (perhaps helped that I looked frozen despite being totally wrapped up), and I was escorted to a very nice table on the first floor, promptly...
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  1. Published : Friday, 1 November 2013

    sexdrugsandbaconrolls :: The Modern Pantry

    We have been to The Modern Pantry for dinner before but decided to try it as a brunch location. It was a lovely sunny day and all of the tables on the terrace outside were taken; this was fine as there was a light breeze and there is nothing worse than luke warm food due to wind chill.

    We walked up the couple of stairs to the reception and gave our booking reference , the waitress looked for a good couple of minutes and then gave up and showed us a free table – clearly they hadn’t put us on the system even though we had called the day before. Fortunately the restaurant indoors was pretty quite so she could...
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  1. Published : Monday, 4 November 2013

    Drifting Epicure :: Modern Pantry

    This was one of those lazy Sundays when the first thing you do of the day is to head for late brunch in the afternoon. There is no better way to start a Sunday than with a hearty meal of good food and catching up with friends. We came to Modern Pantry, a comfortably relaxed restaurant located in the area of furniture shops, Clerkenwell. It has two floors and outdoor seating when weather allows. The first floor where we sat is the more informal space with bare white wooden tables.

    Modern Pantry is known for the brunch but I ended up ordering the three course set lunch instead since I was quite hungry...
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  1. I do love The Modern Pantry. I don't know quite why everything tastes good and why the very surprising flavour combinations work. What I do know is that my plate always ends up empty.

    Reading the ever-changing menu can be a tad perplexing. You seriously have to think about all of these, often unusual, ingredients together, and it's usually that it isn't until the dish arrives and you are tasting it that you "get" it...
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  1. Published : Monday, 29 October 2012

    The Celeriac :: The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

    The Modern Pantry is a rather nice Clerkenwell restaurant where everything is white or a darker shade thereof. It is run by Anna Hansen, who is famous in cheffy type circles for being one of the names behind The Providores. The other was Peter Gordon who is now running Kopapa which is very much overrated and not all that delicious. The Modern Pantry is a lot more delicious. Take note Mr Gordon...
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  1. Andrew was getting stressed about his birthday (he doesn’t like his birthday), so I asked him what he really wanted to do. His response? He just wanted to go to brunch with me (n’awww). So I decided to go to a nice (but not fancy – we’re not fancy types) brunch. I did some research and whittled it down between Duck & Waffle and The Modern Pantry. After glancing at both menus, I picked The Modern Pantry (still want to go to D&W though) as it had more things on the menu I knew Andrew would like. He loves fusion food that are packed full of lots of flavours, and head chef, Anna’s menu certainly seemed to cover a lot...
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  1. A highlight in Farringdon, tucked between Bistrot Bruno Loubet and Granger & Co is The Modern Pantry; a well-known brunch destination. However, The Modern Pantry isn’t just for the daytime. It offers good quality cooking throughout the day. Behind the “fourneau” is chef Anna Hansen, born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. The food that she creates is that fresh, southern hemisphere style, filled with creative combinations. About as far away from French cooking you could get. For once a positive!

    For starters, the salmon served sashimi style comes with a tarty passion fruit and yuzu dressing. Nothing can...
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  1. Going out for breakfast is always a treat because it is hard to justify. Lunch and dinner are proper meals where you can claim to be short on time, a bad cook and/or lazy, but breakfast -- breakfast is where cereal, oats and toast are sufficient. In addition, personally I'm one who wakes up hungry and needs food immediately, thus waiting a minimum of one hour and a half to get dressed, commute to a restaurant and place an order before eating anything is an unappealing prospect to me. However, despite it all, last Sunday morning I patiently joined the steady queue outside The Modern Pantry and it was worth it all...
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  1. Going out for breakfast is always a treat because it is hard to justify. Lunch and dinner are proper meals where you can claim to be short on time, a bad cook and/or lazy, but breakfast -- breakfast is where cereal, oats and toast are sufficient. In addition, personally I'm one who wakes up hungry and needs food immediately, thus waiting a minimum of one hour and a half to get dressed, commute to a restaurant and place an order before eating anything is an unappealing prospect to me. However, despite it all, last Sunday morning I patiently joined the steady queue outside The Modern Pantry and it was worth it a...
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Anna Hansen

From her first job as ‘washer-upper’ for Fergus Henderson when he was at The French House, Anna Hansen was clearly destined for great things. In 1992 she teamed up with fellow Kiwi Peter Gordon and spent the next decade working alongside him – first at Green Street, then the Sugar Club Soho, before partnering with him at The Providores. In 2008, she opened The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, with a new City branch planned for 2015.

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