Fenchurch Restaurant

Sky Garden – a gourmet, garden oasis by “rhubarb” – perches beautifully at the top of soaring 20 Fenchurch Street. Spread across floors 35, 36 and 37, the destination restaurants – comprising Sky Pod, Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Restaurant – offer all-day dining and drinking in the sky together with the highest rooftop gardens in London. Having reviewed Darwin Brasserie last year, we were delighted to be invited back to Sky Garden to review Fenchurch.

Rhubarb at Sky Garden - 79Overseeing the menu is executive head chef Jeremy Brown and head chefs Zac Whittle and Arnaud Delannay, together forming a trio at the top – from grab-and-go at Sky Pod to sit-down breakfast meets in Darwin, wine-fuelled power lunches in the private dining room to gourmet dinner dates at Fenchurch. Add to that gorgeous green gardens by renowned landscape architect Gillespies, which elegantly envelope the restaurants on either side, and Sky Garden truly takes London dining to the next level, complete with sweeping panoramas across the city.

Rhubarb at Sky Garden - Sized88Fenchurch on Level 37 is ideal for gourmet dinner dates. Secreted away at the top of Sky Garden, it features only westfacing views, putting the focus entirely on the food. With striking leather banquettes, sit-at seafood bar and private dining for 16 – perfect for exclusive events with 180-degree views – it’s a stylish space for lunch or dinner. A cocktail terrace, decked with tables and chairs, overlooks Sky Pod below and is the perfect people-watching perch.

Cod, Fenchurch new for February A well thought out menu, elegantly designed and curated by some of London’s most innovative chefs…

Fenchurch Menu A delightful amuse bouche of taramasalata with quinoa and fennel…

Fenchurch Amuse Bouche with Fennel

Starters set things off on the right note with truffled Jerusalem artichoke soup with thyme brioche and smoked bacon butter; roast day boat scallops on glazed pork cheek with butternut squash purée; and salt-baked heritage beetroot with whipped goat’s cheese and toasted seeds.

The grilled red mullet and braised octopus with piperade was beautifully presented. The red mullet was succulent and tender, the octopus slightly over salted for my taste but deliciously soft.

Fenchurch Red Mullet and OctopusThe venison ragu was tasty with the perfect balance of texture and flavour…

Venison Ragu

Signature seafood includes everything from Duchy Native oysters and Cherrystone clams to Oscietra caviar and dressed crab, though the seafood platter ensures you get a taster of everything. Serious meatlovers will enjoy the 3 bone rack of lamb, grilled prawns and steaks every which way – including a 10oz sirloin served on the bone.

We chose the Roast rib-eye and glazed beef cheek served with parsnip, pickled walnut and watercress…

Fenchurch Rib Eye and Beef Cheek Parsnips Carrot Watercress

We also sampled the Dover Sole served with scallop and shrimp mousse accompanied by capers, samphire and mussel cream…

Fenchurch Dover Sole Samphire Shrimp and Crab MousseThe dishes were all beautifully presented and were just as tasty as they look.

Corn fed chicken, Fenchurch

Alternatively, opt for a seat at the bar. Bar bites like pig’s head croquettes with piccalilli and Welsh rarebit are the perfect accompaniments to a cocktail list as extensive as it is elegant: classics – Martini, Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, Sazerac – evoke the era of Mad Men; while forward-thinking inventions – Fenchurch St. Fizz, Thames Tipple, Herbs of Hyde Park – have a rather fitting focus on botany. Boutique spirits, craft beers and a carefully curated wine list of both old and new worlds make drinking at Fenchurch as much of a delightful occupation as eating.

We had some cocktails at our table to sample the more unusual concoctions created with expertise by Fenchurch’s mixologists. The Kings Road was apple-tastic and the Toblerone definitely one for after dinner.

Fenchurch Cocktail

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite…

Red gurnard, Fenchurch

Fenchurch is a food experience not to be missed – the menu is best described as British contemporary and includes a wide choice of meat and fish dishes as well as excellent vegetarian options that are thoughtfully presented on the plate by the excellent team in the kitchen.

Hen's Egg, FenchurchFenchurch bar not only boasts an impressive list that is sure to delight cocktail connoisseurs; dining at the bar is also a wonderfully elegant experience where guests can enjoy the full a la carte menu with a different view of the signature restaurant. Bookings for tables at the bar can also be made through their standard reservations system.

Loin and sausage of venison, pickled red cabbage, pear and juniperWith all those scrumptious dishes make sure you leave enough room for dessert. The Carrot cake with ewe’s yoghurt ice cream and candied walnuts is definitely one which must be tried…

Fenchurch Carrot Cake

If you want something a little more refined, try the Dark Valrhona and Passionfruit ganache with coconut sorbet is high on our list of must-have desserts at Fenchurch…

Fenchurch Dessert 2

with lashings and lashings of sumptuous passionfruit sauce…

Fenchurch Dessert

With west-facing views of the capital and sumptuous interiors, including the plush private dining room, Fenchurch is fast becoming one of the hottest tables in town with London’s most discerning diners.

Rhubarb at Sky Garden - 38Within Fenchurch sits the Viñoly Room, a sophisticated private dining room suitable for up to 16 guests with unparalleled views of the City and beyond.

Fenchurch Restaurant
Level 37 Sky Garden
20 Fenchurch Street (via Philpot Lane), City of London, EC3M 3BY
0333 772 0020
skygarden.london/fenchurch-restaurant

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