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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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The Modern Pantry sits quietly in a lovely little square in EC1, hidden amongst Clerkenwell's bars and restaurants. The white decor is clean and fresh but the lighting is a little too bright for my liking. We were fortunate to have been placed at our own 4 seat table, rather than the communal table that stretched through the restaurant.
We were all thoroughly impressed with everything that we ordered – the starter of grilled aubergine had a delightfully light soy glaze and the miso marinated stake was tender and succulent.
Service was generally quite pleasant and efficient. I did, however, have a little issue with the waitress asking me how I wanted my steak cooked only to tell me that I couldn't have it cooked that way as the chef had his / her own view. Don't ask me for my preference if I can't have it!
We ate in the downstairs 'cafe' as the main restaurant had not yet opened. I would suggest investing in better sound insulation as it was very loud when at full capacity.
In short, a lovely little place for a post work dinner with friends. Good food and very reasonably priced.
Date: Friday 12 September 2008