Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen – City

Fine dining at One New Change shopping centre by St Paul’s Cathedral

One New Change is worth visiting for its fabulous roof terrace view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London skyline. It’s free admission to enjoy this viewing platform and there’s a variety of drinking and/or dining experiences to choose from including Madison’s (with outdoor seating on the roof terrace) and – if it’s fine dining you’re after – Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen inside the mall.

 

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View of St. Paul’s Cathedral from One New Change roof terrace

 

Stepping into Bread Street Kitchen on a Monday evening earlier this month, I was immediately greeted and seated by very professional, efficient waiting staff. The restaurant was mostly empty (although it filled out later) as I was led through the vast warehouse-style interior with its tiled walls and long leather cushioned benches and huge mirrors.

We ordered a bottle of dry white wine, a Ribeiro Santo Branco from Portugal’s Dão region @ £25.00 (light floral aromas, and easy to drink) and enjoyed some fresh, slightly salty bread with a cheesy crust (cover charge @ £2.00 per head) while reading the menu.

 

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Spacious warehouse style interior with tiled walls and an industrial feel

 

I ordered a side salad as a starter of marinated beetroot, feta and toasted hazelnuts @ £4.00 while H had potted salt beef brisket with grain mustard, picalilli and buckwheat crackers @ £9.50. We were excited by both, and thoroughly enjoyed our first course.

 

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Marinated beetroot, feta + toasted hazelnut salad – side portion

 

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Potted salt beef brisket with mustard, piccalilli + crackers

For main course I was tempted by the pork belly but I’m not eating meat at the mo, so ordered a fillet of sea bream, broccoli and romesco sauce (a gorgeous nut and pepper sauce although – overall – this plate was slightly dry) @ £18.00 along with a side of macaroni cheese with garlic roasted crumbs @ £5.50 (the cheesy sauce was quite creamy and so good!).

H had slow-roasted Cumbrian saddleback pork belly and spiced apple sauce @ £17.00 with a side of mashed potato @ £4.00. Check out the crispy crackling in the photo below (I *will* go back and try the pork next time).

 

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Fillet of sea bream, brocolli + romesco (nut and red pepper) sauce

 

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Macaroni cheese with garlic roasted crumbs

 

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Slow-roasted pork belly + spiced apple sauce

 

Too full for dessert, we relaxed over a digestif: an amaretto for H @ £7.00 and a Remy Martin coeur de cognac for me @ £15.00.

The verdict: Excellent service; high quality food that excites (and won’t break the bank), in a relaxing, very comfortable, open space. I plan to eat here again. Soon.

 

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, international
~ Address: 10 Bread Street at One New Change, London
~ Postcode: EC4M 9AJ
~ Nearest station: St. Paul’s, Mansion House, Bank
~ Website + menus: Bread Street Kitchen website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Bread Street Kitchen
~ Location: Bread Street Kitchen map

 

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Vivat Bacchus – London Bridge

Vivat Bacchus at London Bridge was heaving at 6.30pm last night. I’d reserved a table for 6.45pm and was kept waiting in a queue at the door. The man behind me – who was dining outside – was struggling to get a waiter’s attention to order drinks for his table. It wasn’t the best first impression. Would this turn out to be the experience I was hoping for?

Once greeted, we were shown to our table on the quieter cellar floor and were looked after superbly from start to finish. Any initial doubts quickly evaporated.


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Wafer thin biltong


One of the reasons H and I chose this restaurant was because of the the wine list: it includes some great South African wines such as Graham Beck (we visited a Graham Beck vineyard in Franschhoek together a couple of years ago and sampled some excellent wines there).

And so we ordered a bottle of Graham Beck brut NV from the sparkling wine list, reasonably priced at £29.90, “a dangerously good South African sparkler which was served at Obama’s inauguration” (reputedly causing controversy with Californian winemakers, but hey ho – only the best for the U.S. President…). And munched on some peppered, wafer-thin biltong @ £4.00 (is this the best looking biltong you’ve ever seen – it looks like dried carpaccio, hey?) while reading the a la carte menu.


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Medium rare flat iron steak + triple fried chips with pepper sauce


Homing in on the main course grills – and taking advice from our helpful waiter – we both opted for a current special (check website or Open Table for latest promotions): 6 oz (170g) flat iron steak (rump/buttock) with triple fried chips and a glass of wine @ £15.00. Seriously good value; a seriously good cut of beef perfectly cooked (medium rare), and faultless chunky, crisp-coated chips.

The au poivre sauce @ £2.75 (smooth blend pepper-corn gravy, not crunchy) was a perfect accompaniment for dunking fat chips.


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Cheeseboard (French/Italian) – top down: Comté, Reblochon, Gorgonzola, Fourme d’Ambert


Do you believe in cheeses?

Vivat Bacchus has its own cheese room (you can select your own cheeseboard with the help of a cheesepert) or you can pick a suggested (but adaptable) cheeseboard – British, French or Italian.

Substituting Coulommiers (soft and Brie-like) with Gorgonzola Dolce (from the Italian board) we – again helped by our waiter – chose a French cheeseboard @ £18.50, comprising
~ Comté (I lived in the Franche-Comté region for a short while a looo-ong time ago and this fast became my favourite cheese)
~ Reblochon de Savoie (brie-like)
~ Gorgonzola Dolce (gorgeously melting, Italian)
~ Fourme d’Ambert (blue cheese)

Comté is available in all the supermarkets these days but this chunk of hard cheese at Vivat Bacchus took me right back to its source. Fair to say it was pretty special.

The *freebie* glass of red wine with the steak was an Indaba Mosaic (South African blend of CabSauv, Merlot + Malbec) – nice enough that we ordered a bottle @ £19.50 with the cheeseboard.

The verdict: Fab service, great food, really good value. Can’t wait to return (see below).

 
More of the menu:

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VB salad starter – beetroot, fennel, broccoli, radish, avocado, gorgeous

 

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Carpaccio starter

 

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Côte de Boeuf on the bone – a 28 day dry aged forerib chop (1050g for 3 people @ £69.00)

 

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Rib eye steak

 

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Kangaroo burger

 

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French cheeseboard – a ‘monthly special’ – Comté, Coulommiers, Affidelice au Chablis, Pont Yeu, Bleu des Causses


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Coley fish with potato rosti, roast fennel + chorizo


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Steak + fries


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4.5 / 5
~ Type: South African, international
~ Address: 4 Hays Lane, London Bridge, London
~ Postcode: SE1 2HB
~ Tel: 020 7234 0891
~ Nearest station: London Bridge
~ Website + menus: Vivat Bacchus website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Vivat Bacchus
~ Location: Vivat Bacchus map


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