Feast of London has started and there are some amazing restaurants participating in the campaign this year. Before the month of April ends, I wanted to try some of the restaurants, as nothing beats a good feast for a good price.
I was excited to get the chance to dine at Searcys St Pancras Grand Brasserie. Having been to a few other Searcys restaurants before, I knew that I would be in for a treat. After seeing the set menu online, I was even more excited to try their 3-course meal and a glass of bubbly for £35. Bargain!
I was pleasantly surprised by the choices available (a choice of 4 different starters, main and desserts), with a glass of bubbly to wash it all down.
Located on the first floor in the stunning Victorian architecture of King’s Cross International Station, Searcys St Pancras provides modern European dining with a glamorous champagne bar – reportedly, the longest in Europe!
The restaurant has a classy feel with trendy decor and dim lights. All the focus is on the bar, which can be seen seemingly for miles.
With a chilled-out atmosphere and trendy jazz music in the background, my guest and I sat in a comfortable booth overlooking the bar.
Having previously eyed up the menu on my way to the restaurant, I opted for the Scottish beef carpaccio for my starter. The dish was beautifully presented and the beef, even though thinly sliced, packed a lot of flavour. The dish came accompanied with a delicious tangy apple and celeriac slaw, mini crunchy gherkins and a slice of toasted bread smothered in bone marrow – my favourite.
Being a fan of anything with chorizo, my friend went for the butternut squash and chorizo soup. The smoky flavour of the chorizo worked perfectly to spice up the creamy butternut squash soup. It was topped with dollops of creme fraiche and pumpkin seeds which gave the soup another texture. It was a generous portion but my friend finished it all happily.
With some good choices for the mains, my friend and I were stuck deciding which dish to order as they all sounded really tasty. After some deliberation, my friend went for the crab macaroni and I went for the potato and cheese tart. We ordered some triple-cooked chips (who wouldn’t?) and some green beans.
After finishing off our champagne, my friend and I were eager to try out some of the delicious cocktails to have with our main courses. Especially when the bar itself is reported to be the longest in Europe (that is one to cross of the bucketlist, no?) I am a massive fan of watermelon so went straight in for the watermelon mojito which was refreshing and sweet, and came in a trendy glass jar. My friend went for the passion fruit martini which was delicious, rich and creamy.
The crab macaroni was fresh and flavourful, just like seafood should be, and the macaroni was cooked impeccably al dente. Sea purslane was a first for my friend but it added a nice crunch to the dish, with the soft shell tempura being a nice, crispy addition, with just enough of the delicious batter.
My tart was layers of pink fir potato in a creamy rich Roquefort sauce, which melted in the mouth. It was served with 2 types of beetroot, crunchy endive and walnuts. The dish comes together beautifully with different flavours and textures from the saltiness of the cheese, to the creamy potatoes, to the crunchy endives and juicy beetroots.
Even though we were extremely full from the generous portions, both my friend and I have a sweet tooth and could not resist tucking into the final course – the desserts.
My friend went for the mouth-watering dark chocolate mousse which was creamy and moreish. It was accompanied by cherry yoghurt ice cream providing a zingy edge to the chocolatey goodness.
Being a massive fan of meringues and rhubarb – the white chocolate pavlova with poached rhubarb had my name written all over it. The pavlova was crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. It was topped with delicious white chocolate and beautifully poached rhubarb.
I am so glad that we tried out Searcys at St Pancras. The food never disappoints and the portions are generous. With the variety of choices available, a cool and relaxed atmosphere, there isn’t a better stop for a proper lunch/dinner or a quick bite before a long train ride.
Searcys St Pancras Grand Brasserie
St Pancras Station, Euston Road, London, N1C 4QL