It's as much a wine bar as a restaurant, I suppose - although that suggestion may not do the fantastic food justice. The walls are decorated with vintage posters and shelves laden with wine bottles, the crowd is a mix of young and old, and it's about as far from a pretentious scene as you can get while quaffing in style. With its lively, casual atmosphere, it remains one of my favourite places for a great meal at reasonable prices that allow you to indulge all the more. If you haven't been, go.
Here's some more reasons why, from our most recent session there in December:
|Seared scallops with broad bean puree and black pudding|
|Chunky ham hock terrine with fabulous home made piccalilli & crispy toast|
|Amazing, fleshy Dover sole with Moroccan cous cous |
- from memory, a bargain at around £17
|Crepe with wild, earthy mushrooms and oozey goats cheese|
|Shared sticky toffee pudding with warm caramel sauce - one to fight over|
This meal just made me want to go back again. I'm looking forward to giving their new gaff, Vinoteca in Seymour Place, Marylebone a try.
Vinoteca, 7 St John Street, Smithfield/Farringdon, London EC1M 4AA (Tel: 020 7253 8786)