For the City seafood lovers out there we highly recommend the tongue tingling Michelin-starred Angler restaurant perched at the top of the South Place Hotel, one of the City’s trendiest and art loving locations. Stepping out of the lift onto the seventh floor, we were greeted by a dazzling dining room with simplistic decor gleaming underneath a mirrored ceiling, accompanied by floor to ceiling windows, looking out over the spectacular views of the City of London. At the far end of the restaurant, Angler’s terrace looks west towards Moorgate, where on warm summer days there are BBQs and live DJs creating a spectacular buzz. Surprisingly, in the winter the terrace is still open, treating guests with heated parasols and cosy blankets to keep toasty on crisp evenings. They also have a private dining table for 14 that looks into the kitchen so you can keep an eye on your food as it is being prepared.
So what sets Angler apart from other seafood restaurants? The quality of every ingredient in every dish is top notch according to the Angler’s Executive Chef, Tony Fleming. When creating the signature menus, Tony focuses on letting the quality of the exquisite ingredients shine through. “At Angler, the freshness of the fish is paramount”, says Tony. “I’ve got brilliant connections with small, family-run fishermen whose day boat catches mean that we have the pick of the best. And as members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, we’re committed to the principle of using only fish whose stock is in sufficiently plentiful supply.”
This stunning restaurant showcases the very best in appetising organic seafood sourced from the British Isles, always carefully paired with the best seasonal local produce, topping it off with an experienced Sommelier on hand recommending a wine for each meal. The Angler offers a friendly welcoming atmosphere with tentative knowledgeable staff and second to none service, making us feel highly valued.
We were initially served an amuse bouche ball of Cream, cep powder and hazelnut creating an interesting texture and a nutty cheese taste. This was followed by a leak, potato and samphire gazpacho offering a smooth foamy texture with a salty kick. We made a selection of dishes from the a la carte menu. Starters included shellfish ravioli with a tomato and chive butter and a fennel, ginger slaw. The ravioli was thin but shellfish meaty, making this a refreshing and indulgent starter. We also tried the sautéed Langoustines. These stood out as a starter as they were served with slow cooked lamb breast, asparagus tip and puree. The dish was beautifully presented, the langoustines were plump and quite rightly the star of the dish, the lamb breast had been slow braised making it extremely tender and full of flavour.
Our two main courses consisted of monk fish tail accompanied with a risotto of leeks and candied lemon, as well as fillet of halibut with pea and crab tortellini, aubergine caviar and a tomato fondue. Both mains were well thought out and cooked to perfection.
Finally, we moved onto our deserts, where a moment of indecision was rectified by the chef who was happy to create a combination of two deserts, being the chocolate fondant (that is meant to come with a pistachio ice cream but was instead accompanied with a side of salted caramel with lime and vanilla sorbet. This was originally to be served with hazelnut cake, but felt very at home with rich oozy chocolaty centre of the fondant.
The other desert was elderflower panna cotta with prosecco jelly and blueberry granite. The blueberry granite was the star of this dish, adding a much needed texture to the soft panna cotta. Finally to finish we received some petit fours of warm pistachio and marzipan cakes with salted caramel and chocolate piece of fudge.
Along with the restaurant and terrace, is the Angler Bar. A hidden gem tucked away from the main restaurant with comfortable intimate seating areas over looked by Emma Peel, the legendary spy from The Avengers eternalized in a giant lightbox. The bar offers a mouth-watering selection from their bar snacks menu and capsule cocktail menu, specially created for guests not dining in the Angler or on the terrace.
For those that don’t know about The South Place Hotel and its Angler Restaurant, it truly is a City gem. Having a drink on the roof terrace followed by some of the most well prepared fish in London is a treat that should definitely be utilised over the summer.
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