Lunch at the Gilbert Scott bar
When you have time lunch is a wonderful thing. I decided to catch up with a friend and we took our time. My friend is a mega foodie so I was happy not to make any decisions and just go with the flow and the main thing was to catch up.
Even before we sat down we started to talk about everything and nothing and just kept going. I coldn’t stay for too long so we decided to stay around Kings Cross and started at the Gilbert Scott bar in St Pancras Hotel.
St Pancras hotel has been refurbished along with the station and it is a beautiful space. There was a wedding party and we walked past the beautiful stairway, all dressed for the big day.
We walked passed to the bar. We had a peak in the restaurant and opted for the bar as the whole purpose was a catch up and the bar was nice and relaxed.
We arrived just after breakfast/brunch and opted for a glass of champagne whilst browsing through the menu.
Looking at it I knew the only thing I really had to try was tripe cooked chips and the whipped feta. We ordered a few small dishes to share and it was such a treat.
Tripe cooked chips, crispy on the outside and oh so fluffy on the inside! Worth being a little bad for!
They came with Siracha mayo and the only merest hint of anything missing is that there was no hint of Siracha flavour.
Whipped feta cheese with chickpeas, chopped aubergine and the lightest toasted focaccia. It was a nice mixture and the texture of the chickpeas and the softness of the aubergine.
As the food was arriving we moved from Champagne to sherry after a discussion about if/when and for what you would use sherry or Shaoxing rice wine for cooking.
We had a falafel slider each, served with almond butter and pomegranate on brioche, crunchy falafel and I loved the almond butter.
We got some taramasalata and it was served with some crunchy radishes.
We had a salad with asparagus and pea shoots, crispy, fresh and full of flavour.
It looked like a small buffet on our table and it was so lovely to just tuck in.
We spoke about life and everything that comes with it but the main topic was of course food. We discussed different ingredients, different ways of cooking, different spices, latest discoveries, must haves in the larder and it was amazing to have time to just be and to be able to spend time with a friend without any interruptions. Time is one of the most precious things we have and it is so important to make time for those you care about.