3 Post/s by Tag: Antipodean

The Modern Pantry at Meza – fusion flair pops up in Soho

29 Mar 2011

Baywatch had Baywatch Nights, Hollyoaks had Hollyoaks Later, and now for a limited time only, The Modern Pantry has The Modern Pantry at Meza. All of these reincarnations come across as racier, edgier versions of the original. However there seems to be one key difference between Anna Hansen’s creation and these cheap TV spinoffs: The Modern Pantry at Meza isn’t crap!

The Modern Pantry at Meza

Meza on a Friday night


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



21 Mar 2011

It took me a while, and it took a friend’s birthday brunch to get me there (Eatatarian’s in fact), but I finally managed to visit Exmouth Market based eatery Caravan the other weekend. Miles Kirby (former chef of Providores and fellow Kiwi) is the head chef, so my expectations were pretty high.

Flat White

Flat White

I arrived at the very busy weekend brunch hour of 1pm, and the casual, antipodean style restaurant was packed out with queues all along the bar. I bypassed the throng with a huge sense of relief, and went looking for something which might resemble a private dining room that my friend had booked in advanced. Instead I was vaguely surprised to find my friends seated downstairs at a large lone table in the Roastery Room amongst the fragrant beans and shiny, coffee preparation equipment. (more…)