Searcys at The Gherkin
If you are looking for a treat or somewhere to go for a special occasion, look no further than the Searcys Helix restaurant at the top of the Gherkin. Formerly a members only bar and restaurant, Searcys has recently opened this prime location to the public but make sure you book in advance.
After drinks at Iris Bar we headed down to the 38th floor to the Helix Restaurant operated by Searcys at The Gherkin. We were lucky enough to have a table right at the front by the window with fantastic views of London.
We started with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs Champagne which was served in beautifully ornate glasses. It was perfectly light and refreshing for the starters we had.
While we were deciding what to eat, we were presented with some fresh sourdough bread. It was so moreish!
To start we had the Portland crab, celery, grapes and candied walnuts (£17) and Portwood Farm asparagus, whipped goat’s curd and radish (£16). The crab and accompaniments were light and fresh and perfect for a summery evening. The asparagus with the goat’s cheese was particularly enjoyable and full of flavour and texture.
For our main, we shared the 45-day aged Shorthorn rib of beef served with watercress, triple cooked chips, béarnaise (£86). We also ordered some Purple sprouting broccoli (£4.50).
The meat was served medium rare and cooked to perfection. The chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle – just delicious. The sommelier recommended Cuvaison 2017 Pinot Noir from Napa Valley in California. It was light enough for a warm evening whist having sufficient weight to complement the red meat.
We were too full for dessert which was a shame as the glazed lemon tart with raspberry ripple ice cream and selection of cheeses (Blue Monday, Barron Bigod and Quicke’s Vintage Cheddar) really caught our eye!
Instead we finished the evening with a Lady Flower or a “Negroni’s wife” as it is informally known! Served with Beckett’s sloe gin, campari infused for 24 hours with raspberries and strawberries, rose liquor and a little elderflower, it was sweeter than a regular Negroni. With such elegant presentation, it was a lovely way to cap off a luxurious evening.
An evening at Searcys at the Gherkin is not cheap but for a special occasion there are few better locations to indulge in such a stunning setting. The drinks, food and service are superb and you will not come away disappointed! A special shout out to Alessio, Head Bartender and Mixologist at the Gherkin who is so knowledgeable and passionate!
Make sure you check out the set menu deals. They offer a 3 course lunch including gin trio (£42) and 3 course dinner including a drink (£45).
East London Girl: Helix Restaurant
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