Great British tasting
|Isle of Wight tomatoes|
I always keep an close eye with new launches from chefs that have had an extensive experience from top restaurants. Anglo is a modern British restaurant by Mark Jarvis, who has an impressive CV working across at places such as Texture and Zuma. So I was really eager to try his cooking at this restaurant in Farringdon. Anglo so far has been a success, scoring some very positive reviews from the media which gave me extra motivation to visit. Anglo only offer a price fixed tasting menu in the evening, so if tasting menu isn't your cup of tea, go for lunch when you can pick from a normal a la carte menu.
|Peas, girolles, yolk|
|Salmon tartare and oyster emulsion|
|Burnt leek tartlet|
|Cod with smoked potato and sea fennel|
We were offer some small pre-starter size dishes before the actual courses kicked in, I really enjoyed the salmon tartare and oyster emulsion, I really tasted the rich oiliness and freshness of the seafoods. Another impressive dish was the cod, which had a soft silky texture and was finely seasoned. The sea fennel and squid ink sauce also added a touch of mineral and anise flavour which matched the fish wonderfully. The main of duck breast reminded me of a good chinese roasted duck with its fruity and spices seasoning, the apricot added a sour tone to offset the richness but I wasn't so sure about the kohirabi which offered very little in terms of taste. The best dessert course had to be the raspberries and burrata, light in flavour and sharp in taste, it acted as a great finisher to round off a very enjoyable meal.
|Creedy carver duck, apricot, kohlrabi|
|Cheese and onion|
|Cherry with horseradish|
|Casa Luker chocolate|
|Raspberries and burrata|
The tasting menu at Anglo was of a high quality and pretty good value for money, it is hard to think of a restaurant that could have delivered similar quality food at the £45 mark, not to mention it was a tasting menu with 10 course in total. My only issue was I wished the menu offered less dessert dishes and more savoury course, as a cheese course with 3 desserts are just a little bit too much for me. Service was great, very well mannered while being informal. The decor is a little dull and lifeless but the food here totally justified a visit for any serious food lovers.
What I paid:
£70 per head with wine
Average cost without drinks and services:
30 St Cross Street London EC1N 8UH