SquareMeal Review of Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden
Sitting beneath Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill on level 36 of the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building, this casual and bright new venture has the better views of London thanks to its position further back from the Sky Garden’s dramatic atrium roof. The ethos behind the entire building is purportedly environmental friendliness, which may explain why the brasserie is named after Darwin – although a menu that includes the (increasingly resurgent) Knickerbocker Glory doesn’t suggest evolution. The list of straightforward European dishes includes a superbly balanced shallot tarte Tatin with a silky scoop of goats’ cheese. British beef, pork or lamb might follow, or a generously filled, rich venison pie accompanied by jewel-like, piquant mustard fruits. Staff are clued up and experienced, but now that skyscraper dining is no longer a novelty in London, the Darwin needs to boost the quality of its menu if it’s to become the natural selection of high-rise fans. Live music and DJ nights on Fridays and Saturdays, from 6pm and 9pm respectively. Saturday breakfasts popular too.
About Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden
Darwin Brasserie has an enviable location on the 36th floor of the ‘Walkie Talkie’, situated at the Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street. The restaurant offers panoramic views over the Thames, as punters find themselves immersed within nature. The brasserie is surrounded by an impressive garden replete with livings walls and exotic flora. The stunning background of greenery plus the view make for a wonderful backdrop to the Darwin Brasserie.
The restaurant is on a perch over the garden, encased in glass, offering respite from below and an air of exclusivity for patrons to dine above the hubbub. The interior is sleek with modern fittings and understated décor, to allow the food and view to shine.
The all-day dining menu features the best of British, made from seasonal, fresh ingredients. The restaurant does themed menus, and set menus, in addition to the regular a la carte which features the likes of roasted seabream with braised fennel and a tarragon sauce or more rustic, hearty mains of roasted root vegetable shepherd’s pie. The entire menu feels like a fresh take on classic British food. For dessert, the chocolate and caramel tart is complemented by a blood orange sorbet, while the vegan pecan pie is a great option for plant-based punters.
The brasserie also host a Chef’s table in the centre of the restaurant, which can seat up to 20 guests, as you let the chef take over the menu and prepare an exclusive dinner.
The Darwin Brasserie, ideally located in the city, is a great option for punters looking for a classy meal with sky-high views, and exciting food to match. Whether you’re booking a meal for a sophisticated date or looking to impress loved ones with a lovely experience dining above the Sky Garden, the brasserie is a beautiful choice. Plus there are also capacities for private dining for corporate events or celebrations.