Bread Street Kitchen, EC4

Bread Street Kitchen Bread Street Kitchen, EC4After years of banging the fine dining drum and a couple of dalliances with gastro-pubs, Gordon Ramsay seems to have found his place in the middle ground of the restaurant world with Bread Street Kitchen.

Set in a large warehouse-style room that draws inspiration from the East London aesthetic surrounding it, Bread Street Kitchen has been designed to provide a relaxed dining experience. The furnishings include vintage armchairs and leather banquettes, alongside striking lighting displays.  The venue also houses an incredible wine balcony that stretches along the wall above the kitchen and holds no less than 2,000 bottles of wine.

The all-day menu reflects the informal approach of the design, with dishes available from a raw bar, a wood-burning oven and a lively open kitchen.  Most impressively, despite the extensive variety of food on offer, the cooking remains notably accomplished and consistent.

Starters can range from wonderfully zingy Tamarind spiced chicken wings to delicate Salmon ceviche as well as a simple plate of Baked scallops with carrot puree & treacle bacon.  Mains maintain the eclectic approach, with a range of well cooked meats from the now obligatory Josper grill, as well as appealing everyday dishes such as Steamed sea bream with braised leeks, razor clams, samphire & shellfish dressing and Braised mutton shoulder with a potato hot pot.  Puddings unashamedly take a no-nonsense calorie rich approach (and all the better for it!) with temptations including a rich Chocolate tart with salt caramel ice cream and a properly stodgy Bread & butter pudding!

Food: 3.5/5
Value: 3/5
Venue: 4/5

Cuisine type: Modern European
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £70
Cocktails: £9
Wine: £6.50

Bread Street Kitchen
10 Bread Street
London EC4M 9AB
Tel: 020 3030 4050
www.breadstreetkitchen.com

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