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|Address:||Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY|
|Tel:||020 3051 4030|
|Wine: £13.95||Champagne: £29.95|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30am-12M Sat-Sun 10am-10pm|
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I woke up today without a smidge of hangover and I suspect the same is true of every patron of Drift.
I visited Drift last night with high expectations of a grand aquarium and an even grander cocktail menu and I left thoroughly disappointed in both.
Let's get the aquarium out the way. It's there, you can just about see it from the stairs but if you want to see fish, either head to Sea Life Aquarium or Billingsgate.
After searching all along the bar, we had to ask for a cocktail menu and what we were handed was a rather trunkated version of the impressive offerings I'd spotted on the website and it was only when we flagged down a passing member of bar staff (not easy) that we were informed that the full list was only available for table service. Fine. I ordered a drink and was presented with an artistic arrangement on a wooden chopping board consisting of 5 different articles. For one drink!?! (This was a theme that was to become apparent). The drink was delicious but I had to jettison half a kitchen in order to carry it to my table.
It was a very good job that my companion and I have a lot to talk about as there was very little chance of our getting drunk or being interrupted by waiting staff. We were at our table for over three hours and only managed to sample TWO drinks and even then we had to physically go and get a member of staff to serve us. The restaurant was far from busy which makes you question why you then struggle to get any food, drink or even to pay the bill. In fact, we gave up on trying to pay the drinks bill and decided to order food there as it had got too late to find a more attentive establishment.
The food menu isn't too bad, there's quite a bit of choice, perhaps too much, but everything you order comes similarly decked out in kitchen paraphernalia. Wooden chopping boards must have been on special offer when this place was being kitted out! As we had decided to share our dishes, we had to operate a delicate act of removing various boards, bottles, cocktail shakers, kitchen sinks; just to we could fit the edible parts of the meal onto our table! What we were left with was distinctly average.
The crispy squid was rather pleasant but not a patch on the cheapo Vietnamese restaurants along Kingsland Road, the sweet potato wedges were served with a bright white mayo that wasn't particularly garlic flavoured and the salads were a lot of leaves, not much flavour. Don't bother with the swordfish, I don't think the chef did.
The decor of the place has a cool quirky edge and the general atmosphere is quite pleasant plus the cocktails (when you eventually get them) are really quite delicious but the service, overly contrived food/drink presentation and unimpressive edible offerings leads me to write this one off as all style, no substance.