St. JOHN, London, 11/17/15

exterior
exterior

This is a good sized place but even with hard acoustics the noise level is good. The main dining room is a reservation seating but there area seats downstairs that seemed to be available to walk-ins. Just a couple servers worked the whole room with the assistance of a couple kitchen people bringing out food, and they really moved but managed to provide the diners with a relaxed feeling.

interior
interior
service area and kitchen bit
service area and kitchen bit

We chose a couple of their “known for” dishes and the veal bone marrow did not disappoint. It was served with a scoop of salt that they recommend sprinkling on the marrow after you have spread it on the grilled toast and then covering with a bit of the salad. The marrow had an incredibly beefy taste and was a very generous portion of 4 large bones. The horseradish was nice but it overwhelmed the taste of the rich marrow however the parsley salad, mixed with capers and onions, was a nice accompaniment.

roast bone marrow and parsley salad
roast bone marrow and parsley salad
Frankie checked out the marrow bones
Frankie checked out the marrow bones

The ox heart was marinated and then flash grilled and came out with a nice pink center in the relatively think slices. It was tender and tasty. The potatoes came with a nice chunk of butter to sauce them and the special greens of the days turned out to be brussel sprout tops and that was the surprise hit of the day. Both were cooked perfectly and were a real standout.

Ox heart beetroot & horseradish
Ox heart beetroot & horseradish
New potatoes, greens
New potatoes, greens

For dessert we tried the server’s recommendations of bread pudding, which was divine, and the special of the day pear crumble served with buttermilk ice cream.  Unfortunately is was dull as it gets with not nearly enough sugar and butter in the crumble as well as the fruit section. It was pretty much left in tact, but the ice cream was pretty good.

Bread pudding & butterscotch sauce
Bread pudding & butterscotch sauce
pear crumble
pear crumble
buttermilk ice cream
buttermilk ice cream

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