Ask for Janice? Who’s Janice? Whoever she may be, she’s pulled together a great team that has knocked out a fabulous new spring menu on the doorstep of Smithfield Market.
Small plates, seasonal foraged ingredients, exposed tiles and brickwork; it may sound terribly try-hard, but Ask For Janice doesn’t take itself too seriously. Settle into the relaxed dining room and start with whispy wild garlic tempura foraged from Hackney that goes down all too easily, along with crisp pork crackling dipped into smooth sloe cider jelly.
The new, seasonal additions to the sharing plates menu are all must-orders. Young Buck Blue cheese gave flank steak some serious welly, beautifully soft cod cheeks with shaved wild fennel and lemon was a clever combination of textures, and shaved Portwood Farm asparagus with Somerset ricotta was refreshing and moreish. Make sure you save room for dessert, the new spring addition Poor Knights Farringdon is a celebration of all things great about a British pudding: brandy-soaked walnut bread – fried in butter to make it melt in your mouth – served with caramelised peaches and custard. Definitely a dessert that will tempt you to a second helping!
After dinner, head to the basement bar that boasts nearly fifty gins, each with a ‘perfect serve’. We love Monkey 47 gin with cranberries and mint, or let the fresh botanicals of Gin Mare served with rosemary and orange whisk you away to the Mediterranean. If you prefer a cocktail, get the bartender to mix you up a refreshing 3 Minute Rule with Sipsmith gin, house ‘Janice’ Sloe gin, mint, lemon and sugar. Thanks Janice, we had a great time!
We’d also go back for… breakfast! Head over early-doors for coffee and baked eggs with a great view of restaurants loading up their vans with meat from Smithfield Market.
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