For those who have just jumped on our #CoffeeConquest adventure, a big hello! We are on journey to find the place that serves up the best coffee in London. We are avoiding conventional coffee chains and only select independent/non-commercial/unique cafes and restaurants. Our next stop took us to The Modern Pantry.
The Modern Pantry is located near the hustle and bustle of Farringdon. It is a dainty restaurant, a wonderful concept where it feels like you are dining in a small room in a house.
The main reason to venture out here was to eat brunch, however I heard great applauses for their coffee, so I had to try some alongside the beast of a meal me and my food buddy ate. Their coffee is supplied from Caravan Coffee Roasters, Exmouth Market. I have had a cappuccino at Caravan’s restaurant before and it tasted amazing! So I decided to order a cappuccino from here, which was strong at first taste, the espresso hits you straight away; not very pleasing. But as you sip away you do taste buttery thickness and tastes better once it has cooled down, similar to the cappuccino I had at Caravan. The aroma of espresso was quite prominent, but not too displeasing. This cappuccino does taste different from your coventional coffee-chain cappuccino beverage and costs £2.80 for a sufficient size. However, I would say Caravan won over The Modern Pantry on their coffee.
The coffee I had sipped down after the brunch meal. It was was truly was one of the best brunches I have ever had! Their menu consists of a mixture of dishes, some being a classic, but they added their own touch.
We started with their earl grey, mint & elderflower iced tea and toast with berry & liquorice, gooseberry jam and kumquat marmalade. Unfortunately the iced tea tasted quite weak and diluted. The toast was accompanied with out of the ordinary jams, which striked interest with me. However the kumquat marmalade and berry & liquorice jam did not meet my acquired taste. The kumquat tasted of overpowering orange peel and for anyone who dislikes liquorice like myself, and thinks this will change your mind about it, you are wrong (yes, I admit I thought it could).
For mains I selected the tea smoked salmon with two poached eggs, English muffin and yuzu hollandaise. It was one the best brunch dishes I have ever eaten and beats the original any day! If you go to The Modern Pantry, I would recommend selecting this dish.
My foodie bud selected the sugar-cured new Caledonian prawn omelette, green chilli, spring onion, coriander, smoked chilli sambal with toast; a dish I had never heard of before. I did take a few bites of this dish (my poor foodie bud) and the smoked chilli sambal reminded me of a sweet and smoky version of red thai curry paste. It was the perfect compliment to the sugar-cured new Caledonian prawn omelette. The only downside to this dish was the omelette was quite oily. Other than that as you probably guessed, yes it got demolished!
Overall the atmosphere and service was great, however their seating was not very comfortable. This was a shame considering in terms of interior-wise everything else was on point. I strongly recommend visiting here for the brunch, however I was not completely wowed by their coffee. Therefore going their for a coffee would not be on the cards again.
Now for the #CoffeeConquest Score:
Value For Money: 2
Total Score: 13.5/25
And the food was just so immense – here is a LKL Foodie Adventure score:
Food Presentation: 3.5
Venue & Atomsphere: 3.5
Value For Money: 4
Total Score: 19.5/25
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