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  1. The Modern Pantry

    April 23, 2011 by Dini

    St John’s Sq Breakfast

    21st April 2011

    The Modern Pantry

    The Modern Pantry resides in the heart of St Johns Square (Clerkenwell, London). Under the helm of New Zealander and pan-Asian, fusion cooking queen, Anna Hansen, I felt it was time to venture out and try one of her famous omlettes.

    Clerkenwell has become quite a destination for treats, with: Bistro Loubet, Zetter TownHouse, Coach & Horses, St Ali, Daddy Donkey & Prufock all providing class-act offerings.

    Onto the business of eating… a leisurely start with Bucks Fizz (complimentary from the house, as it was my dining guest’s Birthday). A very nice gesture, to start the proceedings with indeed.


    Grilled chorizo, caramelised plantain fritters, poached egg and slow-roast vine ripened tomatoes (£8.70)

    The Birthday Diner’s selection: The plantain acted like a hash, soaking up the juices from the runny poached egg and oozing oils from the fried chorizo. The cherry tomatoes bursting with freshness, giving the dish that touch of acidity.

    Fried plantain & cherry tomatoes

    Sugar cured New Caledonian prawn omelette, green chilli, spring onions, coriander, smoked chilli sambal, toast (£8.90)

    My selection: The chilli sambal is something quite typical for me from Sri Lankan cooking, adding a chilli-vinegar zinginess to the rich heady omlette. The prawns were juicy and this reminded me a little of fabulous omlettes I’d had in Vietnam, stuffed with prawns and various herbs. I loved it and was a real treat, to add to my favourite breakfast lists.

    Sugar cured prawn Omlette


    With St Ali’s across the road, The Modern Pantry has stiff competition on the breakfast/brunch front. I have recently heard numerous complaints from diners on twitter regarding poor food execution and service … I have to say that both were exemplary on this occassion, but it does worry me that things can alter that much. I’ll recommend it, for an innovative menu, great use of ingredients and chaming atmosphere, but I’ll allow you to make your own mind up on this one.

    The Modern Pantry: 47-48 St John’s Square . Clerkenwell . London . EC1V 4JJ
    Telephone: 020 7553 9210


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  2. ‘MasterChef’ Friday Food Club

    April 11, 2011 by Dini

    Friday Food Club Meza Pop-Up


    Wednesday 6th April 2011

    Not a Friday, not in Lee (Creator in the Kitchen) & Fi (FOH)’s usual BlackHeath residence and not a humble supperclub menu like any other…

    Instead, I joined quite a few others in booking in for a special pop-up in Meza hosted by the Friday Food Club, pulling in a few of their friends… Anna Hansen (of The Moden Pantry) and these two:

    'Chefs' - Dhruv Baker & Lisa Faulkner

    'Chefs' - Dhruv Baker & Lisa Faulkner



    Soho Breeze


    Friday Food Club Amuse Bouche

    (Possibly the best amuse bouche I’ve ever tasted, with sweet green peas and chorizo, a vividly decorated and tasty delight)


    British Asparagus with Tarragon Butter, Deep Fried Burford Brown Egg & Parmesan Shavings

    served with

    Christophe et Fils Chablis 2009 (from Naked Wines)

    (Firstly, apologies for my photos, I haven’t done the Burford Brown egg justice. The ‘money shot’ indeed was on the slice when the yolk seeped)


    Pan Fried Sea Bream, Crispy Squid & Compound Butter


    Belly of Pork, Spiced Stuffing, Butternut Squash Puree, Pomme Anna, Apple Jelly & Coriander Jus

    served with

    Fairhills Vineyard Fairtrade Mendoza Malbec 2009 (from Origin Wine)

    (The spiced stuffing balls were divine as was the crackling, which I snuck extra’s of from the platter)


    Bison Grass Vodka & Mint Panna Cotta, Roasted Cardomom & Honey Figs on Shortbread

    served with

    Benjamin Dernault Montahuc 2007 (from Naked Wines)

    (The combo of Zubrowka bison grass vodka with creamy panna cotta wasn’t for me, however it did have a stunning wibbly wobble)


    Mint Tea


    I loved the fact that all diners, were given a Friday Food Club muffin at the end of the night. For those who could eat another morsel either there or in the cab home (which I couldn’t) or in my case, devoured for breakfast the next morning. It’s cute touches such as this that made me appreciate the night and value the efforts of our Host and Organiser – Lee (not forgetting wonderful Fi, not pictured!)


    Our Host - Lee

    Our Host - Lee

    To find out more details about Friday Food Club and future events, go to