Restaurant Review: Fenchurch, Sky Garden in London
Residing atop Sky Garden, fine-dining restaurant Fenchurch this summer revitalised their gourmet offering high above London with fresh, Mediterranean flavours and French cooking techniques by newly appointed head chef George Farrugia.
Elevating the culinary capabilities of two AA rosette restaurant, George was previously head chef at Bob Bob Ricard under Michelin-awarded chef Eric Chavot. Championing the best of British ingredients, George’s new menu is the epitome of Fenchurch’s ethos to deliver diners contemporary modern British dishes driven by flavour and seasonal ingredients.
To start George’s new menu includes dishes such as smoked mackerel rillettes, rainbow radish, Corsican grapefruit and pickled fennel or quail with new season asparagus, Jersey Royals and buttermilk sauce; heritage courgettes with creamy burrata, yellow datterini tomatoes and anchovy; or a salad of young beetroot, smoked crème fraiche and red sorrel.
Looking at the new collection of main dishes available, diners can browse hay baked Herdwick lamb, piperade and baked aubergine stuffed tomato; Cornish red chicken, confit thigh morels and petits pois à la Française; roast John Dory, pickled artichokes, Nocellara Belice olives and preserved lemons; and ragu of white beans, mousserons, sea vegetables and grelot onions.
Desserts include a spiced Osteen mango and sheep’s yoghurt; yuzu mousse with Granny Smith apple, lemon curd and basil; Manjari chocolate, caramelised hazelnut and cereal milk ice cream; or fresh summer marinated gariguette strawberries, Sarawak pepper cream and champagne granita.
Alongside this refreshed á la carte menu, George has also worked on a brand new designed five-course lunch and a seven-course dinner tasting menu. Each of these are available with wine pairings hand selected by head sommelier Alexandru Pastrav. Recently awarded the ‘Best of Award of Excellence 2019’ by the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards – 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 travel up the 37 floors and not be disappointed.
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 lights of the city below simply twinkle remotely, and for that moment in time, seated at that table, you’re floating in another world.
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: 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF, skygarden.london, 0333 772 0020