Sunday, 7 September 2008

The Modern Pantry

This Georgian building in Clerkenwell has lain empty for years. It's a handsome building, not pretty, but with a sturdy appearance in keeping with the industrial past of the neighbourhood.

It's just been renovated and has emerged from the scaffolding as The Modern Pantry, a stylish new cafe and restaurant. Anna Hansen, formerly of Providores on Marylebone High Street, is in the kitchen.

There's an informal cafe downstairs, a soon-to-open restaurant upstairs, and a cake shop at the back of the cafe. I haven't eaten there yet, but have only tried a few of the goodies from the cake shop.

The first reviews have been extremely promising. It's fusion cooking, but without any identifiable source or style. The menu includes a sugar-cured prawn omelette; onglet steak marinated in miso; and chorizo, date and feta fritters (which one reviewer described as falafel for meat eaters).

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