Drifting through a lazy Sunday in the City!

We went for a joint mother’s day/ our parents 40th wedding anniversary celebrations to The Drift in the Heron Tower. The entrance is tucked down a little side street next to the building rather than at the front. When you go up the stairs make sure you stop to admire the stunning aquarium with exotic fish that stretches the length of the lobby. Apparently the aquarium is so huge it needs a scuba diver in full regalia to go in to clean it!

Fish Tank in lobby of Heron Tower offices - view from alcove in The Drift!

Fish Tank in lobby of Heron Tower offices – view from alcove in The Drift!

We went for brunch and because it was Mother’s day, Mum got a welcome glass of Prosecco with a little pansy pinned to it, which I thought was such a cute touch. I love thoughtful gestures like this, it really makes me warm to a restaurant.

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J and my Dad both went for The London Brunch, which is a monster behemoth featuring (deep breath!) 4oz Scottish rump steak, 6oz bacon chop, Londoner sausage, bone marrow, smoky baked beans, field mushrooms, grilled plum tomatoes, two fried eggs, hash browns & fried bread. Sadly on the day we were there, they didn’t have any bone marrow but they gave us extra sausages and hash browns to make up for it. The meat is sourced from Allens of Mayfair and you can tell the produce is really good quality, I tried a bit of the bacon chop and it was tender and juicy. The only little downside was we got the Chemex for two for coffee; there was such a small amount of lukewarm water you couldn’t really get two cups of coffee out of it. We just asked for more hot water and our lovely server Kristine (for whom nothing was too much trouble) ran to get us some.

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Mum and I opted for the lighter option of unlimited toast with preserves, and the Portobello Road flatbread : a fab combo of juicy Portobello mushrooms, parma ham, velvety brie, sweet red onion and peppery rocket on soft, fluffy flatbread with a drizzle of truffle oil which added an earthy dimension. Again really good quality bread, but unfortunately a running theme was that everything was a bit on the cold side. I’m not really sure how this could be addressed, maybe cloches on top of things like The London Brunch, but I think it would steam the toast and make it go soggy.

As a final sweet touch, Mum and Dad were brought a chocolate brownie with Happy 40th Anniversary piped around it and two glasses of champagne.

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We would definitely go back to The Drift, it is a very cool space and a real testimony to the power of great service.

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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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