The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square
The original Clerkenwell Modern Pantry location may be a favourite among brunch- and afternoon tea-obsessed Londoners, but its Finsbury Square outpost goes far beyond eggs at elevenses. Here, executive chef Anna Hansen delves deeper into her boundary pushing, fusion fare; alongside head chef Rob McLeary, she’s crafted a menu that globetrots from Japan to Italy and back again.
Take the all-day tapas bar, where punters can wander in for nibbles ranging from salted liquorice macadamias to cassava chips with pineapple ketchup or salmon sashimi with umeboshi and yuzu dressing (no patatas bravas in sight). Or the main dining room, where roast Persian chicken rubs shoulders with tamarind- and miso-marinated onglet steak. No matter where you choose to dine, the venue – housed in the Grade II-listed, Art Deco Alphabeta Building – is a stunner. For the optimal toast, finish off your meal with the London Walled: the restaurant’s own barrel-aged Negroni that mingles gin, tamarind and vermouth with locally made amaro.