Bread Street Kitchen
I’ve never been to a celebrity chef’s restaurant. I’m not a big fan of cooking shows – it irritates me how unhealthy a lot of the dishes are in a time when we’re facing a serious public health problem in the UK. It wasn’t until I went on the website in order to make a reservation that I realised Bread Street Kitchen is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. I had been there for drinks and really wanted to return for dinner – I just loved the space; it felt like a decadent mid-century New York loft with lots of exposed steel, brickwork and wood and yellowish lighting.
You enter through a giant red curtain, which already makes you feel like you’re leaving the bustle of the City of London behind you, and ascend a staircase where you’re greeted by the hostess. We were shown to a table a little out of the way, which meant throughout the evening we had trouble attracting the waiter.
For a celebrity chef restaurant in the centre of London, I didn’t think the prices were too bad. We had mains, desserts and wine, and I wasn’t left reeling when the bill came. The menu offers a twist on many British classics – exactly what we have come to expect from Mr Ramsay.
Steamed fillet of sea bream with purple sprouting broccoli and romesco sauce
For main, I had the steamed fillet of sea bream with broccoli. People think broccoli is such a bland, boring vegetable, but it’s one of my favourites – especially the purple sprouting variety. The sea bream fillet was sizeable too, and the romesco sauce made for an interesting flavour combination, which white fish can always benefit from. My dining companion for the evening, Corinne, had the pork and fennel sausages, which was a pretty sizeable portion. We also had a side of mashed potato (delicious!).
Pork and fennel sausages, braised castelluccio lentils, hispi cabbage, borlotti beans
We were pretty full after our mains but the desserts all looked so good that we simply couldn’t pass them by. I opted for a real classic: chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream. It was absolutely amazing – one of the best desserts I have ever had. It was so rich I couldn’t finish it, which made me sad because I felt every bit left on my plate was a personal loss!
Sticky toffee pudding, caramelised banana, clotted cream
Corinne had the sticky toffee pudding with caramelised banana, which was also heavenly. They certainly know how to do desserts at this place, and whilst generally preferring savoury over sweet, I think at this restaurant I would always, always skip the starter in favour of dessert!
Chocolate fondant, salted caramel ice cream – HEAVEN IN DESSERT FORM