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St John Bread & Wine

94-96 Commercial Street, London, England, E1 6LZ, United Kingdom

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In what was a bank, the casual outlet of St John delivered a rather odd meal. A starter of mackerel with horseradish was dazzling, with very fresh mackerel with glistening skin, very nicely cooked served just with very strong horseradish – a delightfully simple dish (16/20). For the main course a whole sea bass was roasted, and this was well made (14/20) yet there were no vegetables at all served with it, nor even any available as a side dish: this was just eccentric. Bread was pleasant and made on the premises, though it was a bit heavy (13/20) - this is all the stranger as I have had St John's bread at other restaurants in London, and it usually very good. Wine prices were fair e.g. Trimbach Riesling 2003 at £28. The service was very slow, with long gaps: these two very simple courses took two and a quarter hours to deliver.

 

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  • Alex Murphy

    I went to St John recently after repeatedly being voted in the San Pellegrino top 50 restaurants in the world and from glitterng praise from Anthony Bourdain, whom I admire, so I thought it would be a good meal. I had the starter of roast bone marrow and parsley salad followd by the ox heart with carrots and horseradish cream. It was without doubt one of the worst meals I have ever had, my girlfriend had pigeon and had to send it back, something we have never done whilst eating together. I was left distinctly underwhelmed, the food was boring and poorly cooked, it was bland and under seasoned. I had a meal at an indistinguished chinese in Manchester only 2 days later that contained ox heart, ox tongue and tripe andthis was far superior. I was deeply dissapointed.

  • Ei-Lene

    you should try their madeleines... very very good. (and I'm not a fan of madeleines at all)