SquareMeal Review of
Searcys at The Gherkin
Restaurants in skyscrapers are no longer the novelty they once were, but the dining room on floor 39 of the Gherkin still has an air of exclusivity: You can only eat here if you’re a member, or know somebody who is. It also represents the chance to dine in one of London’s best-loved venues, with those iconic diamond-shaped glass panes giving a strong sense of place and The Apprentice vibes reaching fever pitch in the cocktail bar, positioned right within the tip of the building. Executive chef Barry Tonks oversees a seasonal, European menu which offers the likes of foie gras millefeuille with quince, stone bass with girolles and parsley cream, or pumpkin raviolini with roasted celeriac. The wine list concentrates on the New World and, unsurprisingly given that view, there’s plenty of fizz to choose from. If you can’t get in via convential routes, the restaurant also has a strong schedule of seasonal events and menus, which are often open to the public for limited periods of time.