London is the mecca for all foodies and is one of the most cosmopolitan food destinations in the world. A recent trip to the big city, I meticulously planned all the food places I wanted to visit, although in hindsight I was not very realistic I could actually do in one day. I've always wanted to visit The Modern Pantry - just the name sounds so beautiful and having seen the owner Anna Hansen on Masterchef I was eagerly excited to visit. So one one warm Saturday my friend and I arrived after taking one 2 hour train journey, one tube and getting lost. When we finally arrived, The Modern Pantry wasn't exactly hard to miss, the building is beautiful, but the queue was noticeably visible and stretched outside. After a 30 minute wait ( the staff gave us some lovely coffee whilst in the queue) and with me almost about to give up on waiting, we were seated. The staff were incredibly helpful, they took our mini suitcases and kept them in the shop downstairs whilst we were seated upstairs.
The breakfast/brunch menu had so many wonderful choices - who says breakfast has to be boring? I loved all the world foods, alongside fresh and inventive recipes. I reviewed the menu several times before hand but when I sat down I was almost seduced into all the other dishes The lemon, poppy seed & pandan waffle, alongside coconut and cassava waffle and cornish crab, smoked mussel umeboshi, seaweed & endive saad. In the end, I decided on the 2 scrambled eggs with toast accompanied by grilled chorizo, slow-roasted tomatoes and plantain fritters (£9), in part because there was plantain in the title. My friend ordered 2 poached eggs, pan-fried haloumi, slow roasted tomatoes, wilted spinach (£8.80). The scrambled eggs were creamy and perfectly cooked, the grilled chorizo was sublime, it certainly was not the chorizo that I have purchased from Aldi! The slow roasted tomatoes was juicy and the plantain fritters were not the fritters that I had in mind, more similar to fried plantains but this was still delicious. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her perfectly poached eggs. I was tempted to order more, the cassava chips was very tempting, but I resisted.
Would I go again? Of course, I can't wait to return.
Disclaimer: I paid for this meal as I have been dreaming about this restaurant for some months.