St John’s Sq Breakfast
21st April 2011
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.
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.
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 Website: http://www.themodernpantry.co.uk