Brunch at The Modern Pantry

25 Mar 2011

Anna Hansen has a well established reputation in London as a top chef, known for her trademark flair for combining different flavours in an innovative, fusion style. Her Clerkenwell restaurant, The Modern Pantry has long been on my list of restaurants to visit. Fortunately a friend’s birthday brunch managed to speed up the process in getting me there!

As usual, I began my brunch with the obligatory flat white, while perusing the menu.

Flat White

Flat White

Decor was a mix of shabby chic with a contemporary edge. Large black and white photographs of various cities adorned the walls, and a large mirror lay against the wall, behind our table. It felt very pleasant and created the perfect atmosphere for a lazy, weekend brunch.

Upstairs Dining Room

Upstairs Dining Room

As to what to order, my mind was made up pretty quickly when I spied the sugar cured prawn omelette. This is  famous for being one of Hansen’s signature dishes, and my friends who had tried it before had raved about it. Rather disappointingly, I found it a bit lacklustre. The teeny, tiny splodge of sambal provided just wasn’t enough to create an impact, so it mostly felt like I was just eating an omelette with sweet prawns.

Sugar cured New Caledonian prawn omelette, spring onions, coriander, smoked chilli sambal, toast

Sugar cured New Caledonian prawn omelette, spring onions, coriander, smoked chilli sambal, toast

My neighbour seemed to really enjoy her dish of tea smoked salmon and poached eggs. I was allowed to sample a bit and was instantly quite envious! A very nice balance was struck between strong, smoky salmon and perfectly cooked eggs.

Tea smoked salmon, two poached eggs, avocado  & lime pickle puree, sour dough

Tea smoked salmon, two poached eggs, avocado & lime pickle puree, sour dough

Service seemed to be a little unattentive. I would have liked to have asked for more sambal with my dish but after our waitress brought our dishes, she seemed to disappear for a very long time. When we’d finished our meal, a number of us were still hungry and would have liked to have ordered dessert or some other dish, but again we were left sitting for rather a long time so eventually gave up.

I left feeling like I hadn’t managed to fully experience The Modern Pantry in the manner in which it was intended. Some elements of our brunch had been good, and some not so good. For now I’m going to chalk it up as an off day, and will be be giving them another try tonight when I visit The Modern Pantry at Meza pop up, which I am very much looking forward to. Fingers crossed!

The Modern Pantry
47-48 St. John’s Square
London
EC1V 4JJ

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One Response to “Brunch at The Modern Pantry”

  1. michelle 31 Jul 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    I’d say it wasn’t an off day having just eaten there the service was awful. Food seemed nice but we were so put off by the rude way we were treated when we said the fritter seemed burnt that we didn’t finish it and just asked for the bill so we could go. When we noted how rude the service was the only suggestion was leave off the service charge then! So £40 spent and left feeling hungry and a bit ill from not being able to digest the huge dose of attitude!