Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
So at the top of one of London’s most iconic buildings (widely known as The Gherkin but officially addressed as 30 St Mary Axe) Searcys have taken the top three floors of this exclusive venue designed by Lord Foster. Originally, reserved as a Private Members Club, through Bookable.com restaurant reservations can be made and enjoyed.. And the views…
Locating in the heart of the business district of London City, positioned back from the River Thames provides a great location 360 degrees around. You get a great view of The Shard (@ Aqua where I’ve previously enjoyed a great GLUTEN FREE meal!) which looks quite small despite being Western Europe’s tallest structure, as well as a view of the beautiful Walkie- Talkie building and a close-up view of the to-be-opened Cheese Grater.
As the sun sets across London, the Champagne flows freely and you have chance to review the Menu options. The serving staff are fast and quick-moving, and were keen to point out that all of the dishes were made fresh and could be adapted to be GLUTEN FREE, so I was given a free reign!
So what did I eat?
My starter was a beautiful terrine (not served on toasted Dill Bread as that clearly wasn’t GLUTEN FREE) but actually it didn’t need the bread as it was a delightful dish. Of course, a GLUTEN FREE roll was provided. This tasted alright with a very crunchy crust. A really rich tasty Cumbrian Roast Chicken with Shiitake mushrooms and a few leaves to add a different texture and crunch. The soft terrine was so tasty with large pieces of chicken mixed up with the flavoursome mushrooms. I could have enjoyed more and more and more…
A simple main course which was GLUTEN FREE was the Pork Tenderloin which was served with tenderstem broccoli, navet and leeks and a light jus. Whilst the plates are very large and served with a certain amount of ceremony; this main course (without any sides) was plenty to eat. The meat was cooked so it melted in your mouth and the vegetables were crunchy.
A lovely dessert which had been made GLUTEN FREE. Lots of “bits” on the plate which satisfied my sweet tooth. Again, the plate seemed a little excessive for the portion size but it was an exciting cold pudding.
The service was attentive but slow, so once you had someones attention: they delivered but they weren’t very prompt and watchful. It did feel that we had to keep requesting service,”we’re ready to order…”, “Yes, we would like a dessert…” which was a shame. Not sure if they expected the views of London to hide away their service: it didn’t and was a shame.
The views of London are magnificent, and the flexibility in ensuring GLUTEN FREE dishes was exceptional. Other special treat GLUTEN FREE meals reviewed on my blog in London include…Afternoon Tea at Fortnums & Mason, GF Lunch at The Ivy, GF Lunch at Niche (100% GF), Skylon at the Royal Festival Hall and Galvins at Windows, Hilton Park Lane.