Restaurant Review: Fenchurch Restaurant, Sky Garden in London
London is one of the world’s largest cities but it certainly doesn’t feel like it when you’re in Fenchurch Restaurant. Located above Sky Garden, London’s highest green space: the blaze of the city below simply twinkles remotely – and for that moment in time, seated at that table, you’re floating in another world.
You might think that a setting like this would detract from the food, drink or service – however, this isn’t the case at Fenchurch. Our exceptional waiter tells us we’re lucky that it’s the clearest night in two weeks as he presents us with the fine dining menu. Competing with the stature of the environment, Fenchurch’s Head Chef Daniel Fletcher has designed Fenchurch Restaurant’s menu to epitomise contemporary British dishes that are elegantly presented.
Utilising the best of British produce from all corners of the nation, Daniel Fletcher’s stand out dishes include a warm, organic duck egg tart with Jersey Royals, tarragon and grelot or a brilliantly British beef tartare from the Goodwood Estate finished with white asparagus and toasted almonds. And for main courses, larger dishes include Anjou pigeon served with heritage beetroots, golden raisins and pomegranates or Cornish lemon sole is paired with St. Austell Bay mussels, leeks, kombu and lovage. Desserts include a warm almond cake with fresh green almonds or a lemon crème fraîche with almond ice cream.
Exceptional flavour combinations paired with faultless service mark the evening. A setting that has ultimately been designed for the most special of occasions, diners can also choose from Fenchurch’s five course tasting menu for lunch or a more extravagant eight-course tasting menu for dinner complete with wine pairings selected by Head Sommelier Alexandru Pastrav.
Transporting diners in one sip across the globe, Head Sommelier Alexandru Pastrav has compiled a wine list that highlights some of the world’s most famous vineyards as well as smaller, boutique providers with a variety of natural, organic and biodynamic wines. From lesser known labels from Turkey, Georgia, Hungary and Romania to more familiar options from France and America; wine aficionados can expect to travel up the 37 floors and not be disappointed.
Described as a ‘gourmet, garden oasis’ – whether you’re booked into Fenchurch Restaurant or not, Sky Garden is worth a visit itself. 155 meters up above the pavements, this London landmark is operated by renowned caterer Rhubarb and includes Sky Pod, City Garden Rooftop Bar and the all-day dining spot, Darwin Brasserie.
Address: Sky Garden,1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF, www.skygarden.london, 0333 772 0020