Restaurants & Bars 27

St John - The Lard's Prayer

Simon Majumdar | Nov 7, 200103:59 PM

There have been innumerable mentions of this spectacular place on this board ( many of them from me ) but prompted by an e-mail suggesting it for the London Pre-Xmas get together, we decided to visit tonight at short notice.

Robin and I decided that as we had far too much disposable income ( see Guinness thread ) we should bring employment to others and untold pleasure to us (copyright: George Bernard Shaw)

Starters were great but not challenging. A very meaty Terrine and a bacon, green bean and organic egg salad. But the piece were the main courses. A hare pie for two ( a paltry £22 ) and a side of crispy pigs tails breaded and fried and served with a chicory and cornichon salad also a dish of buttery sprout tops. The pie was superb. Pastry made with lard, crisp and flaky. The filling, hare braised in wine and enriched with pigs trotters. The pig's tails were crispy (hence the name ) but more than that, they were gelatinous and with a flavour that is often forgotten in these mass produced days and with a slither of bone to knaw on. Finally the pie was served with a huge chunk of marrow bone which was snatched from my hands by Robin. He was paying and I have to be in the right mood for bone marrow.

The puddings were a very good caramel ice cream and an apple and calvados cake which was sopping with booze.

Drinks included a bottle of hugely good Saint Loupe and a Eau de Vie and an decent brandy.

Bill for two was £115 inc service. Not cheap and at the risk of annoying those who castigated us for thinking FISH! was good value. This provides one of the best meals in London at a price which is far from the nosebleed inducing prices of less able prices.

As Mr Bourdain puts it in his sweet, naive and slightly scary way "it rocks"


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