We were lucky enough to win the Square Meal/ Avery UK Valentine’s day competition. This was like a food safari, champagne and scallops in Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, dinner at Hawksmoor Spitalfields, followed by more champagne at Searcy’s at The Gherkin.
We kicked proceedings off at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. Initially, it was supposed to be champagne and oysters, but as neither of us are keen on oysters we got a plate of scallops with bacon instead. The sweetness of the scallops was perfectly complemented by the saltiness of the bacon and of course tastes better after a long day at work than a chilled glass of champagne.
We then moved onto Hawksmoor Spitalfields, to whet our appetites we got a couple of cocktails. I went for the Marmalade cocktail, Paddington Bear would definitely approve, if he was all grown up and could drink!
I wanted to stick with the seafood theme so I ordered crab on toast and C got the Tamworth belly ribs which were meltingly tender and sticky. We both got lobster for our mains as it felt appropriately celebratory.
All the dessert choices sounded equally tempting so in the end we split a sticky toffee pudding and a salted caramel chocolate mousse to make sure we didn’t miss out. We rounded things off with a batida, a dessert in a glass cocktail consisting of Cachaça, Coconut Sorbet, Condensed Milk, Passion Fruit & Lime. I have cousins in Sao Paulo so I can vouch for the authenticity of Hawksmoor’s batidas, they’re the real deal!
Our final stop of the night was Searcys at the Gherkin. The view was stunning and I don’t think anyone could fail to feel romantic with all of London shimmering before them.
We had been to the Hawksmoor Spitalfields bar previously:
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Thank you for great friendly service from Gemma at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, Martina and Barberossa at Hawksmoor Spitalfields, and Marta at Searcy’s The Gherkin.
Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
No 56 Chiswell Street,
City Of London EC1Y 4SA
T: 020 7614 0177
157a Commercial Street
London E1 6BJ
30 St Mary Axe