The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square 22

The Alphabeta Building, 14 Finsbury Square , London, EC2A 1AH

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SquareMeal Review of The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square

It may not be as “homely” as the Clerkenwell original, but fans reckon that this second branch of Anna Hansen’s Modern Pantry is a “strong contender” for lunch, dinner and private bashes. Housed in Finsbury Square’s art-deco Alphabeta building, it strikes a clean-lined minimalist pose, with high ceilings, whitewashed walls and a standalone tapas bar serving up international small plates alongside sherry-based cocktails and other ‘liveners’. For the rest, head chef Rob McLeary offers up perky fusion dishes inspired by Hansen’s travels and Kiwi roots – think seared diver-caught scallops with chorizo and Urfa chilli mash, slow-roast pork belly with soy-braised lentils, saffron onions, marinated feta and prunes or grilled rib-eye with cassava chips, salad greens and spiced gooseberry relish. Desserts also see some daring flavour combinations such as black peppercorn and yoghurt parfait with strawberry and cardamom sorbet. Wines back up the global theme, and service gets a big cheer.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 9.3

Service: 8.7

Atmosphere: 8.3

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Rodney D. 25 October 2016

Not as homely as Clerkenwell but a strong contender for business lunch or dinner, and they have a large private room. Although they seemed to have run out of a number of things on the menu and indeed the wine list, service was attentive, not overbearing and what the food and drink provided was excellent.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Tammy K. bronze reviewer 29 February 2016

Less of a buzz in the morning but might be a good thing for more discreet business meetings. Like the food and location. Service very good.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Lynn W. platinum reviewer 15 October 2015

The menu here is foodie-interesting, with several ingredients we had to google, but more to the point, the flavours are amazing. Great breads to start included a rye & caraway soda bread that got eaten up very quickly, it was too tasty. Starters of confit globe artichoke, mozzarella, tarragon, olive & rose roast grape crostini with truffle oil and the other of smoked venison, parsnip and cumin puree, roast carrots and hazelnuts - were both unbelievably delicious. My main course of baharat and fenugreek marinated lamb rump, leek puree, grilled smoked baby gem, with picked tomatoes and shallots, and the other of juniper & liquorice marinated venison, braised savoy cabbage, kimchee puree and roast crab apple were so good we had to keep stopping and swapping forkfuls. These are complex combinations but they seem to hang together and work. Desserts were good but slightly less successful - rosewater and cardamom poached quince with pistachio filo, Greek yogurt cream and raspberries was fragrant and fresh, with soft quince and crunchy pastry, and while the yuzu curd tart with Italian meringue and kuro neri goma was sharp and tangy, it was very small (think canape). Apparently one about 10x as big would have been more acceptable. It's a pleasure to go to a new restaurant that looks finished, there are too many with air handling units and racking on display now, and inside it's lovely - light and welcoming without being over bright and with a very attractive tapas bar we'd like to try another time.

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