SquareMeal Review of
St Luke’s Kitchen at Library
Housed beneath private members’ club Library, this intimate dining room is open to all and named after the patron saint of artists and butchers (who features in a stained glass window on the stairwell). The dimly lit room has the feel of a private home, decorated with well-stocked bookcases and dark wooden chairs. Current chef Daniel Petitta’s CV includes working as pastry chef de partie for the Galvin brothers, while his seasonal menu looks to Italy and France. Starters include brandade given a twist with soy caramel, which might be followed by leek soufflé with onion and Stilton. Top billing goes to fish soup with a spicy XO sauce however, revealing a chef comfortable to look beyond Europe for ideas. Each menu item comes with a wine-pairing suggestion, while the tasting menu (five or seven courses) makes room for a vegetarian counterpart. If you’re looking for an under-the-radar, intimate option in the middle of Covent Garden, this is it.