The Modern Pantry is indeed modern. Very clean, white and minimalist. You could say that of the are clientele too. It’s a bit of the Clerkenwell clique here. Modern late 30’s types with a good income wanting eclectic cuisine. I say that because there is no set formula in the menu. No common thread aside from it offering up a mix of in-cohesive ingredients for its dishes. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as if you take the risk and its a win, then bravo. But somehow I can also see where this could go wrong as you just don’t know what to expect.
I am delighted to say that my experience was a success. Interesting to read of the page and delightful to receive on a plate were our three courses. We started with morcilla apple pistachio croquette manchego sauce and quince aioli to share. These little balls of tastiness was a treat.
For mains it was Cornish crab, pickled shallots, daikon, burnt cucumber salad, chilli lime dressing and baharat Roast duck, kohlrabi, radish, lemongrass braised cherry tomato, roast peach, black garlic relish. A lot of ingredients you may say, but they all worked together to present some pretty impressive mains.
For dessert I opted for a selection of cheese which included corra lin, stichelton and baron bigod with oat cakes and apple/sour cherry chutney – all suitably creamy and tasty. There was also panna cotta.
As far as classy trendy lunching goes in Clerkenwell, this is certainly the spot. It is just past the Zetter Hotel with the restaurant space which has seen a struggle for bums on seats of late. Perhaps, this is where the guests are going instead.
47 – 48 St John’s Square