For my anniversary dinner this weekend, we took advantage of the lovely, summery weather by starting with drinks on the rooftop of the new One New Change. The rooftop overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral, and there are good views to The Shard and to the river as well. Madison holds court up there, with a cocktail and tapas bar on one side, and a restaurant on the other. A glass of prosecco in the sunshine definitely set the mood right for the evening. We would have had dinner at Madison, but they close early on a Sunday night.
Bread Street Kitchen (BSK) is located, as you might have guessed, on Bread Street, and is also part of One New Change. Bread Street is the birthplace of John Milton, and there’s a nice memorial plaque just up the street from BSK. BSK is a large restaurant with very high ceilings and a faux industrial decor. I absolutely loved the atmosphere. There are lamps and dangling lights everywhere, yet it is still not even remotely overly-bright. It’s spacious and boasts a fantastic open bread oven as well as a very large collection of wines on display over their bar. The bathrooms were pretty cool too, with loo doors which felt like chain mail.
The menu was disappointing. One of the reasons I chose the restaurant was because their menu online showed a lot of choice for pescetarians. The actual menu had two choices. Two. One fish and one pasta. The rest were all meat. Thankfully, we liked the two available choices, but we would have never ordered a pasta dish ordinarily. We didn’t really have a choice unless we got the same meal, which is boring. The fish was Roasted cod, crushed potatoes, artichoke, capers (£16.50). It was delicious. The fish was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and since I don’t really like capers, I was happy I didn’t see many (or any!). The pasta was Rigatoni, tomatoes, aubergines, mozzarella, pecorino romano (£11.25). It was also delicious, but very, very salty and also a bit boring as it was something I can easily make at home. I was pleased that we were served a variety of lovely bread when we were first seated, which was replaced once we emptied the basket.
The wine list is extensive, but for people buying by the bottle. The choices by the glass were just okay, and I paid far too much for a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (£9.50) because that’s what I wanted and there wasn’t much else appealing.
BSK did something very surprising and fantastic. When I booked the table through TopTable, I mentioned we were celebrating our anniversary. I don’t know why, but I did. Maybe I was hoping they’d give us a good table, or maybe a glass of wine on the house. When the meal was done and we declined dessert and asked for the bill, they surprised us by bringing us a lovely dessert on the house! A chocolate tart with salt caramel ice cream and honeycomb, with a candle, and ‘happy anniversary’ written on the plate in chocolate! What a lovely treat! It made my night. It was very sweet and generous of them.
I really liked BSK and would go back again, but only if the menu changed. It would get boring very quickly for non meat eaters. Specials would be welcome too.
Bread Street Kitchen
10 Bread Street
London, EC4M 9AJ