I’ve been wanting to try Clerkenwell restaurant, The Modern Pantry for a long time! It’s at the top of my list of restaurants to visit and was excited to be able to book it !
Modern Pantry is housed among the picturesque Georgian buildings in St. John’s Square. Decor was very chic with a modern feel – clean lines, grey and white palette, simple neat and understated, with the warm morning natural sun lighting the interior. It felt like a great place for a lazy, weekend brunch. Modern Pantry is a café serving eclectic fusion food by New Zealand chef Anna Hansen.
I began brunch with the a matcha latte (green and very milky!), while looking through the menu. An interesting drink – probably wouldn’t order it again preferring matcha macaroons to be honest.
The menu was filled with very interesting dishes but I knew exactly what to order before making it to the restaurant – Raspberry & ricotta pancakes, berry compote and crème fraiche. According to Hot Diners, owner Anna Hansen has forged a reputation for turning out some of the best brunch in London at her place in Clerkenwell and, as you can imagine, her pancakes are legendary so this was a dish to try. This took 20 minutes to make and was totally delicious – soft and fluffy. It was a little sweet and I did envy the many diners who were having eggs with sourdough bread…next visit for sure.
We also had date and feta fritters as a starter which was really tasty and completely different with a tamarind yoghurt – modern take on falafels. Neil had the Roast Gloucester Old Spot pork belly, mushroom & date puree, choucroute, green pepper relish which was very well cooked.
All in all – a great place for brunch and will definitely come back in the summer to sit outside and try some other dishes.