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56 Chiswell Street
020 7614 0177
It’s all about subtle luxury at this slick best-of-British restaurant/cocktail bar from the ETM Group, which also owns the neighbouring Jugged Hare: lime-green leather chairs, dark-wood floors and mirrored walls define the dedicated dining area, while an accomplished chef is on hand to deliver a menu of seasonal, unpretentious food underpinned by carefully sourced regional ingredients. Devon crab is sweetened by pink grapefruit and further enhanced by avocado and pickled radishes, while generous mains might feature a Saddleback pork chop served alongside pulled shoulder, pickled plums and spring onion, with a side of double-cooked chips. To conclude, try the “spot-on” Guanaja chocolate and salted caramel tart with pistachios and boozy cherries. Service is “impeccable”, and knowledgeable staff are happy to chat you through the extensive, reasonably priced wine list. Afternoon tea and “superb” pre-theatre deals are also offered, making this hard-to-fault dining room equally popular with City suits and Barbican concert-goers.
Best restaurants in the City of London
SquareMeal 2 Stars
56 Chiswell Street
020 7614 0177
Moorgate Station 274m
Moorgate Tube Station 350m
The Brewery 33m
The Barbican Arts & Conference Centre 148m
Mon-Fri 6.30am-12M (Thurs-Fri -1am) Sat-Sun 7-11am
The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms has a terrific range of private rooms and semi-private areas available for a variety of events of all shapes and sizes, from buffet breakfasts to smart private dinners via stand-up receptions. Housed within the old Whitbread Brewery building, the Montcalm City Hotel provides additional private dining space that is both elegant and luxurious in feel.
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Food + drink: 4
The area around Cass Business School seems to be devoid of good restaurants. There are plenty of fast-food places for office workers but not much else. It is therefore lucky that Chiswell Street Dining Rooms exists and it is appropriately full. The food is good although some of the main courses are a bit pricey. Nevertheless, there is something for everyone and there is a good range between fourteen and eighteen pounds. Starters are imaginative with the crisp duck egg with lettuce and peas being a good and tasty idea. The fish dishes are perhaps the highlight -
though I confess that I seldom eat meat - with the Restaurant's version of fish and chips being particularly well presented and delicious. The Cumbrian chicken, however, must have taken a detour through the United States and gone for a chlorinated bath. This was rubber chicken that was oddly succulent but lacked all flavour. No opinion, I'm afraid, on desserts as I am on a diet but they presented interesting variations on English classics. I was tempted by the cheeses as there were a couple of which I had never heard.
Service is surprisingly erratic given that the staff is helpful and charming. The courses came in timely fashion, but both taking our order and receiving the bill required some effort on our part. I liked the buzzy atmosphere and the mixture of diners. There were different age groups represented as well as the usual City business lunchers. You can certainly do much worse than Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in London and you can certainly do no better in this part of town.
Food + drink: 3
Best bit - rare breed steak - beautifully cooked, great fat chips, dessert - my husbands burger nothing special but dessert good..
Prosecco nice but far too expensive, Cheeseboard nice but pricey.
Atmosphere and ambience zero - not helped by noise from adjoining bar with very loud and noisy drinkers - very distracting, felt like an anonymous hotel restaurant, One of the waiting staff was a little arrogant and in your face - other staff were fine.
So, an overpriced and pretty dull place to eat and will not be returning.
We did arrive for a late lunch (2.15) but even so the service was not up to scratch. I have been to CSD many times before and very much enjoyed my experiences - this time I came with a journalist to whom I had been raving about how great this place was ....eeeeek. The service was slow, they forgot our side dishes, did not ask us if we wanted anything with our steak, they ran out of what we ordered so I had to choose something else, we were constantly told that we had to move as they had an event coming in soon (we moved to the bar area after lunch and still no guests arrived) and they were cleaning up around us.
A bit embarrasing but my guest was gracious about it.
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