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|Address:||47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ|
|Tel:||020 3589 1691|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Sat-Sun 11am-4pm Tues-Sat 6-10.30pm|
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Went to The Modern Pantry for dinner on Saturday night. Very poor showing.
Waited 25 mins for someone to take a drink order. Four of us sat down for dinner, but only two ordered starters: quail eggs and oysters. Eggs were OK (though nowhere near good enough for what is supposed to be their signature dish) but the oysters were awful. Served with unidentifiable green paste and luke warm, the overwhelming taste was that of salt.
Our mains took 1 hour 10 mins to arrive. During this time, no one poured the water or wine nor offered any explanation. The mains were below OK. My salmon had a thick, soggy skin, the veg were cold.
We decided against desert, given that the mains took so long. Finished with a filter coffee; the highlight of the meal. Bill was £230 for four, for four main courses and two starters, an average bottle of wine and 2 coffees. I was sick all through the night. Of course I can't prove it was the warm oysters – it could have been the cheese sandwich I ate for lunch!