It is simply a spectacular venue – alluring and quirky yet classic. Nature is a focal point and the interplay with nature and the openness of the first floor is emphasised by the blooming flowers, lavender sprigs, herbs and greenery evident even as you gaze across to the kitchens. The myriad of lights and colours as you move through the first floor into the lounge, wine shop, urban spa and clothes store (both male and female clothes are available) only adds to the appeal. A cosy, more neutral palette highlighted by the use of candles on the lower ground floor creates an ambient and snug area with a grand piano as a statement feature. A private dining room is also available to hire, intimate yet chic; it’s a beguiling space. Nature, lighting, colours and inviting furniture emphasis the fluid, free-flowing space accompanied by a relaxed vibe where you can easily lose hours of your day whether during the week or during the all too precious weekend.
After the wow of the aesthetic environment it’s safe to say you wonder if the menu will be able to create that same sense of wonder. You aren’t left to wonder long as the service is friendly, knowledgeable and just the right level. The team guides you through the menu and the dishes when they arrive live up to their billing on the menu. This is honest, unpretentious food created using excellent, high quality, freshly sourced ingredients. The portion sizes are judged to perfection and you are not left wishing for more despite the deliciousness of the food.
The day I visited, 155 Bar & Kitchen had just launched their new spring menu. Having tried the roasted lamb rump served with lentil stew and curly kale and pan fried gurnard served with salsify, braised baby leeks and chive beurre blanc I was not disappointed. The gurnard was perfectly cooked; flaky and soft with a balanced beurre blanc sauce. The lamb was flavoursome and the kale and lentils added a depth of texture. For dessert we feasted on the raspberry chocolate cake and the lime sponge cake. Both are delicious; the chocolate raspberry cake is rich and decadent but the lime sponge cake is a triumph. Light, airy and fresh with an added acidity from the medley of red berry compote accompanying it. Importantly the clotted cream ratio to sponge is excellently executed here. Exquisite! Given the inclement weather we are prone to experiencing during spring this is a well-thought out menu and is packed full of dishes that will appeal to all.
155 Bar & Kitchen achieves that rare success of being a restaurant that can capture the business trade whether at lunchtime, earlier or later in the day but is also the kind of place where friends and family can wile away the hours together. I am definitely a fan and can only imagine I’ve joined a long list of existing fans. In fact I have found a new favourite hangout spot to rave about. I am so looking forward to trying the bottomless weekend brunch at the next available opportunity I get.
155 Bar & Kitchen
155 Farringdon Road