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|Address:||One New Change, St Paul's, London EC4M 9AB|
|Tel:||020 3551 9863|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £54.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7am-11pm|
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Went on a Wednesday evening for date night and pleasantly impressed by the whole experience of Bread Street Kitchen.
The decor is industrial and minimalist, and while the whole restaurant was busy, never felt cavernous and tinny. The many nooks and crannies seem to be able to accommodate the small and large tables, and the quiet and raucous parties. The views are not as spectacular as those across the way in another celebrity chef's meat project – Barbecoa looks out directly onto St Pauls, but the buzz of the room and obviously the wife's beauty and banter kept me from noticing too much.
The one fault we had with the service was that they brought the starters too soon before we had a chance to finish our cocktails – not the worst complaint to level at a restaurant. Apart from this our servers were courteous, knowledgeable and unnoticed when they were not required, but always on hand when needed.
I have knocked them down a bit on the food and drink. Actually, the food we ate was spectacular. My scallops were well cooked, and my rib eye needed a dull spoon to cut it rather than the steak knife they gave me. The wife's choice of terrine was tasty and pork belly was succulent. Side orders of chips were really good, but the macaroni cheese and honeyed carrots weren't far behind. The problem I have with the food is that apart from the sides, we weren't really struggling to choose what to have. We are not fussy eaters, enjoy meat or fish and willing to give anything a go, but the choice didn't have me salivating and asking our server for more time.
The drinks may have me coming back though. The wine list was sufficient – especially for by the glass as we were wanting to try a few different wines, but the cocktail list won the night for me. We had a couple to start off the night, and were too stuffed for dessert so tried their dessert cocktails instead. Their Espresso Martini did its job, but if you have a sweet tooth, the Bread Street Chocolate is a winner. More sugar than a MacDonald's bread bun, and a nice kick to boot.
All in all, really enjoyed our experience, but it won't have me running back too soon – not until I've got bored of Barbecoa…