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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.

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Searcys | The Gherkin

Levels 39-40, 30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8EP

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Masterchef? Not quite.....

by   platinum reviewer (75)

Feb 2016

We thought we had lucked out in managing to bag a table during Monica Galetti’s short spell at Searcy’s at the Gherkin. After all, a professional chef who has now made her name critiquing others’ attempts at fine dining, has got to be incredible herself, right? Hmmmmm…..afraid to say we ended up a bit fifty/fifty on the night. Three dishes absolutely stood out; the black curry scallops which just continued to delight and surprise as the subtle hint of lime gradually came through; the roasted...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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Searcys | The Gherkin

Levels 39-40, 30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8EP

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by   silver reviewer (18)

Apr 2012

I attended this restaurant for lunch with two friends, one of whom is a member. The only good thing about this place is the view which is absolutely outstanding. However, the venue itself is soul-less and the service, whilst efficient, is totally without anything to recommend itself. You cannot order a single course but must choose between two and three course or tasting menu optons. We all opted for the two course option at £42. Two of us ordered mussels to start and the other ordered lamb....

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the stranger's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Searcys | The Gherkin

Levels 39-40, 30 St Mary Axe ,London EC3A 8EP

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by   platinum reviewer (62)

Aug 2010

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If you can get in here, and trust me its not simple you either need to know someone or become a member at a huge cost, 40|30 offers quite simply the most stunning views of any venue in London. The service is good if a touch too fussy – see if you can get more than a third of the way through a glass of wine or water before its been topped up – and its certainly not cheap (we managed to spend around £260 for two – all be it with quite a lot of drinks!), but as somewhere to take a special date this...

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Toby N.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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