Darwin Brasserie - Sky Garden
I had booked the Darwin Brasserie for a special occasion brunch for myself and my husband. It just so happened, my husband had booked it for dinner the same day! (Great minds!)
20 Fenchurch Street is dedicated to indoor landscaped public gardens an outside observation deck, 2 restaurants and an open air terrace. One can't control the weather but going up to the Sky Gardens on a clear and sunny day definitely makes the experience even better.
As soon as you walk out of the lift and into the first level you are hit with the vast open space and the amazing views of the London skyline.
We headed up to the Darwin Brasserie for brunch and I loved the fact that no matter where you sat, you still had incredible views overlooking the Thames. Based on Best of British seasonal, home-grown ingredients take centre stage in the kitchen while rum is the liquor of choice on the exhaustive cocktail list at the bar.
The interior is laid-back but luxe, classy and elegant. The space is inspired by nature and understated décor allows the food – and incredible view – do the talking.
The menu is quite limited, but the food is tasty and fresh never the less.
Pre-dinner we made the most of the open bar area where skilled bartenders can pretty much make you whatever you would like and the cocktails were delicious works of art.
Again, I personally found the menu for dinner limited. However, I soon discovered that Sky Garden is not going to be the must visit place for food because the views win every time.
Kaloty's Kitchen rating: 3/5 for food but 5/5 for views