Saturday, 11 January 2014

Gordan Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen - St Paul's Cathedral pitstop


Address: One New Change, 10 Bread St,
London EC4M 9AB
Phone: 020 3030 4050
Nearest Tube station:
St Paul's, Mansion House

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £40pp
Service charge: 12.5%
Taste: ****
Service: ***
Ambience: ****
TT swang by Gordan Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen at One New Change for her last meal of 2013.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a blast over the festive season. I certainly did and overindulged on epic portions of turkey, roast potatoes and sprouts. I know it is now the time to detox maybe go on the 5:2 diet but with the gales threatening to blow the roof off my head, my thoughts could not help turning to the utterly delicious roast pork belly I had at Bread Street Kitchen just before Christmas.

I am not fond of the architectural monstrosity that is One New Change which in my view diminishes the splendour that is St Paul's Cathedral but I have to admit that its arrival helps to herald a new dawn for the dining scene in that area. Before it opened there were only High Street restaurants such as Strada in the area and each time I brought friends to visit St Paul's Cathedral I had to have the same old things all over again. One New Change shook things up a little with Bread Street Kitchen and Barbeoca.

Bread Street Kitchen is a smart restaurant exuding a faint old world charm clearly designed to attract those in suits. It clearly worked as the restaurant was full of them, dining out on fat corporate accounts in the run up to Christmas. I had to make do with a table in the bar area which was also filling up pretty quickly.

Bread Street Kitchen's menu is pretty extensive and has something for everyone. There is nothing very exciting about the menu just safe reliable dishes which is not surprising given its target audience. I opted for the slow roasted pork belly with spiced apple sauce. £16 for two slivers of a cheap cut of meat does sound exorbitant but I must say they were worth every penny. The crackling was a beautiful gold and yielded a satisfying crunch. The tender and succulent meat which lay beneath had just the right amount of fleshy wobble. The apple sauce cuts through the salty meatiness and offers a welcome contrast. I was impressed for I had been on a quest to achieve the perfect roast belly and based on the recipes I have come across this would have taken an inordinate amount of time and effort to get right.

If you are in the area do yourself a favour and give Bread Street Kitchen a try. I can't think of a better way to round up a day of sightseeing at St Paul's Cathedral.

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