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London - Chowdown at St John

klyeoh Mar 22, 2011 02:42 PM

Thanks a heap to limster for organizing this. Chowdown at St John last night was fabulous - best meal I'd had this past couple of weeks on this visit to London!
Stuff we had:
- Dressed crab on toast;
- Roast bone marrow with parsley salad;
- Terrine with pickled gherkins;
- Smoked sprats with pickled red cabbage;
- Veal brisket, potato & arugula salad;
- Brown bread ice-cream;
- Chocolate terrine with toffee ice-cream - that bar of dense, sticky chocolate was the stuff dreams are made of!!
- Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese;
- Baked cheesecake with raisins;
- Buttermilk pudding with shortbread & figs - my fave dessert for the evening!
- Fresh, baked-to-order Madeleines - fab :-)

St John
26 St John St, Islington EC1M 4AY, United Kingdom

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  1. myturkishjoys RE: klyeoh Mar 23, 2011 05:37 AM

    Looks great! I am in town today and have a reservation on Friday. Thanks for the great report and photos! I can't wait to try myself!

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      klyeoh RE: myturkishjoys Mar 23, 2011 06:13 AM

      Sounds good. If you've got a booking for a table in the restaurant proper, then you have access to the full menu (which we didn't, as our bar menu was a concatenated version, comprising mainly starter items from the restaurant menu):

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        r.vacapinta RE: klyeoh Mar 23, 2011 07:20 AM

        My wife and I usually go to the bar mainly because its more of a walk-in thing and we sometimes decide at the last moment. The starters and puddings may just be the best part of the menu so thats great.
        The only downside, from talking to one of the people there, is that the reserved diners get preference for any puddings any starters. If they are running low on anything, they will erase it from the bar chalkboard menu.

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      r.vacapinta RE: klyeoh Mar 23, 2011 07:22 AM

      Wait! You didn't have Welsh rarebit?

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        klyeoh RE: r.vacapinta Mar 23, 2011 05:13 PM

        Sounds like a return visit is in order!

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        emusinthezone RE: klyeoh Mar 23, 2011 12:06 PM

        Do you know how often that chocolate terrine is on the menu? It doesn't appear to be on today's but it looks fantastic.

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          klyeoh RE: emusinthezone Mar 23, 2011 05:14 PM

          Not sure about that - maybe you need to call ahead & enquire - and reserve first (as some menu items can run out pretty quickly) before you do go.

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            t_g RE: klyeoh Mar 24, 2011 01:33 AM

            they have it quite often (and also at bread + wine) my gf's had it A LOT but yeah if you really want to make sure, you would have to check the menu beforehand or give them a call

        2. limster RE: klyeoh Mar 28, 2011 07:15 AM

          The madelines were not on the bar menu that day, but the kitchen was very kind to oblige. Always worth asking.

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