Brasserie in Bank
1 Lombard Street is a sophisticated, casually elegant brasserie in Bank, located inside a former bank building.
It’s absolutely beautiful inside, with the restaurant surrounding the dome bar. Designed by Italian architect Pietro Agostini , it’s a gorgeous circular emerald bar sat under a stunning domed skylight and glass cupola. Adorning the walls and ceiling are curated artworks and mobiles that once hung in Mark Hix’s London restaurants. There’s also an edgier private members bar downstairs, Mark’s Bar. It’s a speakeasy-style subterranean bar, serving signature cocktails and looks super cool!
The service was amazing from the moment we were greeted at the entrance by the host. Pritam, one of the managers, was super passionate, attentive and helpful with the menus and dishes. I
Brasserie Menu at 1 Lombard Street
The menus pull together the signature styles of the Food and Drink Director, Mark Hix, and Executive Chef, Robin Freeman. Each dish celebrates honest, sustainably sourced ingredients that make the most out of everything this season has to offer. The menus are built around the long-established, personal relationships that Mark Hix has with his suppliers. They are incredibly passionate about championing local, sustainable suppliers as much as they can from dish to dish.
We had some fantastic snacks whilst we settled in and decided on dishes: the Organic sourdough bread with cultured butter (£4.75) Milky’s halloumi skewers with spiced tomato sauce and the Cockle Popcorn with Sarson’s Vinegar (£5).
The Dressed Cornish Lobster with lemon and chervil mayonnaise (£23.50/half) for starter was really meaty. It was already portioned so super simple to eat – not fiddly like some lobster dishes. La Latteria burrata with Isle of Wight tomatoes and basil (£9.50) was a fantastic dish too. The burrata was creamy and delightful, and the tomatoes really juicy and flavourful.
The Roasted Fillet of Cod with summer girolles & seashore vegetables (£24.50) was a gorgeous, seriously tasty main. The cod was tender and flaky, yet meaty, and delicate in flavour. Surprisingly, the cod went exquisitely with the mushrooms (summer girolles), and the seashore vegetables and creamy sauce finished the dish beautifully.
The Himalayan salt chamber aged Barnsley lamb chop with green sauce and Wye valley beans (£26.50) was some of the best lamb we’ve tasted. The lamb was cooked perfectly, and was juicy and rich in flavour. The beans were fantastic on this dish too, and the green sauce was light and complimented the whole dish well.
As a side, the Isle of Wight tomato salad was a selection of multicoloured, juicy tomatoes; all super fresh and flavorsome. The Buttered Summer vegetables provided more beans as well as peas, all a la dente and delicious. Lastly, The chipped potatoes were crisp and fluffy, and deliciously salty; they were fabulous.
The Raspberry teardrop (£8) was recommended by Christian, the deputy General Manager, as one of his favourites. It’s a light, creamy and delicious raspberry mousse, on top of a cake base, all encased in a crisp chocolate shell and served with fresh juicy raspberries and a slightly tangy puree. Everything came together beautifully and it’s vegan!
The Apple and gooseberry crumble tart with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel (£8.50) was warm, rich, creamy and delicious. It was presented elegantly and was the perfect size to end a meal.
The beautiful dome bar in the centre of the brasserie serves a selection of signature and classic cocktails, as well as wine and soft drinks.
The Angel’s Punch (£13), a mix of Opiate gin, Kamms & Sons British aperitif, St. Germain elderflower liquor, Chambord, jasmin cordial, freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint and seasonal berries was sweet, fruity and delightful. It looked beautiful too, served in a small tankard with mint leaves and berries sprinkled in icing sugar.
The Banker’s Tea (£18) is based on the Beverley Hills iced tea includes Crystal Head Vodka, Tanqueray 10, Patron Silver, Ron Zacapa23, Cointreau Noir, Champagne syrup & freshly squeezed lemon juice topped up with Deutz Brut Champagne. It was potent yet smooth, and absolutely delicious.
The Dorset Donkey (£11.50) was another sweet cocktail, with a slightly fiery edge. A mix of Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka and Morello cherry liqueur, naturally sweetened with honey and seasonal berries, a slap of fresh sage, freshly squeezed lime juice and topped with Artisan fiery ginger beer, it was scrumptious.
1 Lombard Street is a superb, sophisticated and elegant brassiere in Bank. We had an amazing evening – the service was super friendly, attentive and helpful and the atmosphere was relaxed and chic. Every dish we tried was incredible; from the lobster to the cod and the raspberry teardrop dessert. The cocktails were absolutely fantastic too, and the wine pairings were the perfect accompaniment to our mains. It’s definitely a spot to add to your list for a fancy dinner out with friends, or romantic date night.
East London Girl: Brasserie in Bank
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