Rooftop Restaurant in the City
The Aviary is an absolutely stunning rooftop restaurant in the City on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Finsbury Square.
When you enter, you are greeted by a beautiful open air rooftop area with comfortable chairs and sofas and fantastic views over the City. Great in the summer and winter (they have blankets) it is one of the biggest rooftop restaurants in London.
The restaurant (which is covered) is stylish and modern with a bright atmosphere. With such impressive surroundings, it was luckily not too pretentious.
The cocktails are based around a botanic theme using natural ingredients. We started off with Not a cosmopolitan (sipsmith gin, st germain elderflower, mondino and lime) and a Jennings Steam Boat (santa teresa ciaro rum, pineapple, honey and lime). They were both beautifully presented and refreshing.
One thing I noticed straight away was how professional and welcoming the staff were – our waitress helped me pick a cocktail and my main meal. They make you feel looked after without being overbearing, which sometimes is a fine line…
For starters we had the Barbary duck, carrot, buckwheat, chervil root, black garlic. The starter was well presented and flavoursome.
For mains I had the Butchers cut of the day which was lamb with some thrice cooked chips. I was told that the lamb came on the bone before I ordered so no surprises. It was a beautiful tender medium rare cut and not too fatty.
We also had the Loin of scottish red deer, bolognese, crosnes, quince, red wine jus. It was melt in your mouth and an interesting combination with the bolognese, which worked well. The jus was absolutely fantastic.
On to the dessert, we went for the Custard tart with banana ice cream and the Sticky toffee pudding with spiced apple, vanilla ice cream, and tonka crumble. The tart lacked flavour but the sticky toffee pudding with the crumble (great added touch) was delicious.
What a lovely dining experience at the Aviary rooftop restaurant in the City. A three course meal for two with drinks is around £100 -120 but, for the service, views and quality of food, it is worth it.
Aviary is a clear rival for the fancier venues in the city, and is perfect for date night, corporate events or some drinks with friends.
East London Girl: Aviary
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