Located on the 7th floor of the South Place Hotel in the heart of the City of London, Angler restaurant was for most, the surprise winner of a Michelin star last year. I say surprise winner because it came onto the scene quietly and not many people had heard of it when the stars were being handed out. My office is quite near by and after I had been to view the hotel (gorgeous), event space (double gorgeous) and restaurant (super gorgeous!) I quickly added Angler to my bucket list and booked a table for my monthly catch up with the lovely M.
We decided on the set menu which is really good value at £25 for 2 courses or £30 for 3 courses. The a la carte looks a little pricey, but there were a few dishes on there that I would love to try. I started with Risotto Milanese, chilli & garlic prawns, baby squid. The risotto was a vibrant yellow from the saffron, incredibly creamy and well cooked. The prawns and squid had been grilled to perfection, I would've liked a bit more of a kick from the chilli though, but I thoroughly enjoyed my starter.
M decided on the Salad of crab and pink grapefruit, samphire, avocado, crab bon-bons. It looked gorgeous and perfect for the sunny evening that it was. The little taste I had was delicious.
For my main I ordered Cornish cod, garlic mousseline, winkles, brown butter. I love cod, but it can often be quite boring. This was not the case with this dish. To be honest, when it arrived I thought it looked a little greasy with the melted brown butter, but mixed with the mashed potato - (oooh, that mash was to die for!) - the butter sauce just brought the whole dish alive. The fish was perfectly flaky and the crispy kale and little croutons on top added a wonderful crunchy texture. Another enjoyable course for me.
For her main, M asked the waiter to recommend a dish and he didn't hesitate in recommending the roast guinea fowl, mushroom ketchup, asparagus & spring vegetable casserole, tarragon velouté. He said that even though they specialised in fish, this was a stand out dish. And it was. The mushroom ketchup tasted just like ketchup, but with a mushroom after taste. Clever. The guinea fowl was moist and really well cooked. The spring vegetable casserole was simply delicious.
Usually I would choose a cheese course for dessert but I decided on the chocolate ganache, salted caramel, puffed barley, goats milk ice cream. Anything with salted caramel is sure to be a winner in my book. The chocolate ganache was so rich, but the ice cream really cut through it so that it wasn't too sickly sweet. I enjoyed it, but once the ice cream was finished I was defeated by what was left of the ganache.
M chose the sticky prune pudding, bergamot marmalade, brown butter ice cream. This dessert was more to my liking because it wasn't overly sweet. The bergamot marmalade was interesting (in a good way) and again the ice cream was really enjoyable.
Service was exemplary. Friendly without being overbearing. Our total bill for a 3 course set menu, 2 glasses of champagne, a bottle of wine and a bottle of water came to £147.66 including service. If you like fish, if you like a gorgeous setting and if you want a great all round experience - then I highly recommend you book a table at Angler.
Next up, I'll be taking The Better Half to The Connaught Hotel to experience his very first afternoon tea. I'm really looking forward to that!
Until we eat again!
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place EC2M 2AF