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30 St Mary Axe
020 7968 2440
The traffic-free piazza surrounding the much-ogled Gherkin means that this contemporary offshoot of the Balls Brothers chain can spread itself across one of the City’s biggest outdoor terraces. Sun
worship aside, it’s a lively spot, curving around the base of the building on two levels with smart livery & a huge glass area for impact. There are 50 wines & Champagnes on the wine list,
from sub-£20 Italian offerings to a bonus-busting Louis Roederer Cristal ’02 at a cool £222.50. Cocktail sippers are also well served with an assortment of classics (with or without a ‘twist’)
& more outré concoctions such as the monster ink (Bacardi, Archers, Eristoff Black & Monster energy drink). Big as it is, The Sterling can feel pinched if it rains & the fresh-air
fiends make a dash for shelter.
30 St Mary Axe
020 7968 2440
Aldgate Tube Station 331m
Liverpool Street Tube Station 378m
City of London Club 272m
Merchant Taylors' Hall 333m
Food & Drink:
Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
Nice spot to pop for food or drink when the Sun's out. Always some specials on offer and a fair amount of variety on the menu. You can tell foods to a good quality and decent portion sizes. Staff are attentive and smart. Very busy between 12-3pm during the summer if it's a warm day. Can be lively at night!
Food + drink: 3
The Sterling, Gherkin – smart suits, branded bags and briefcases, smart polished shoes and glow of the make-up on pretty faces, yup, that's the corporate scene at lunch. And this is what The Sterling at lunch looks like. I was only in my casual clothes – jeans and sweater - but nonetheless felt rather comfortable.
The Sterling, located inside The Gherkin, caters pub food style – fairly ordinary, safe and nothing too exotic. The interior decoration was very much that of a stylish pub. The presence of stairs are always eye-catching and provoking the curiosity of what could be up above, their mismatched furniture was chosen on purpose, the open space kitchen with a continuation to the bar was a clever strategy and a combination of the yellow lighting and the natural light pouring in through glass panes, The Sterling looks very startling. The circular dining space curving obediently with The Gherkin and, weather permitting, al fresco drinks sound nice.
tomato focaccia £5.00 – whilst any other restaurants serve bread and butter on the side, The Sterling has actually made it as a proper starter. We chose to order it because of the lack of starters available – the most interesting chicken liver parfait was not available. The fennel seed and chilli infusion had only the slightest hint of flavour but the butter was absolutely delicious; unfortunately only available to wholesale in the name of Lescure.
South coast crab & Glenarm organic smoked salmon £8.50 – this is the only dish that boasts the origin of the ingredients and that was why I ordered it. A good assembling of the crustacean encased in the smoked salmon, spruced up with plentiful of rocket had quite an elegant manner. The taste, ummm, plain.
pork belly, triple cooked chips with fried duck egg and peppered ketchup £14.00 – the neat plating of the dish makes it look smaller than it really is. The chips are delicious, real potato taste, and cooked to perfection. The meat is tasty, but the meaty parts quite tough and chewy. The ducks egg rounds off the whole thing well. All in all, not a bad dish at all.
warm chocolate brownie £5.00 – not too sweet, warming and with a vanilla pod ice-cream. What's not to like about this time-honoured dessert.
Service was good but with one waitress and a demanding work crowd lunch to take care, it was quite amazing how she juggled! I am not sure that the food was entirely the reason I went to The Sterling but definitely for the after experience that I could say that I have dined in The Gherkin! Even if it was only at the base.
Food + drink: 2
We chose this restaurant for our Christmas lunch as it's in one of London's most iconic buildings and the menu looked appealing. The restaurant is pleasant enough and there was a good atmosphere when we arrived. Our table was for 3 people and they showed us to a table for 5 which was oddly right up against another big party table. There was a more suitable table for 3 nearby but it was reserved however no one turned up during the 2 hours we were there.
After our order was taken the waitress brought the main course but completely forgot the starters we ordered. She offered to bring them as well, we refused and cancelled. We then had to wait 40 minutes for them to clear our plates after the main course. We ordered dessert but the choice was very limited. Only 2 sweets with only one available so it was that or cheese. These did arrive promptly and we were offered complimentary coffees for the mix up. My coffee arrived with a severely chipped saucer. Unpleasant!
It's a lovely location with reasonable food but the poor service lets this restaurant down, which is a shame.
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