The exclusive address 1 Lombard Street houses a restaurant that needs no introduction, since its name is precisely where it is found.
This eatery seems to have it all: Situated within a grade-2 listed building, 1 Lombard Street boasts a trendy exterior with an almost unreal location, as it sits opposite Mansion House and right next to Bank tube exit. Does the Lord Mayor dine in here? The answer to that is: probably. With its triple threat status as a bar, brasserie and restaurant, it certainly seems to check all the boxes.
Although the picture-perfect brasserie is open from 7:30 to serve the essential breakfast items such as the classic full English breakfast and French toast, the main event lies in the lunch and dinner menu. The wine list is also extensive, and customers are sure to be spoilt with choice.
Now, I’m the type of foodie that is pretty much satisfied with anything, as long as it tastes good. Drop me in front of a street stall and I’ll happily munch away on anything they serve. Fine dining is definitely not my forte- so it goes without saying that at 1 Lombard Street I was impressed. The Lobster Spaghetti (which by the way, is a hot starter and not a main) had a great tomato-based sauce, with fresh morsels of lobster scattered around the dish.
The Wild Mushroom Risotto, although also fantastic, lacked a bit of flair despite the wonderfully strong mushroom flavour coming through.
The star of the night was undoubtedly the grilled salmon, served with broccoli and fennel and covered with an amazing dill-based sauce.
The fish was flaky, juicy and moist, and the dill sauce complimented the salmon excellently. In other words, it’s a dish I’d happily eat for the rest of my life. Another top recommendation was the pan-fried sticky rump of lamb, which was sweet but not overpoweringly so. The colours of the fresh fruit and vegetables completed the dish.
Service at 1 Lombard Street was also unquestionably fantastic: From the maître d to the waiters and waitresses, everyone does their job with grace and elegance, leaving you feeling welcomed and relaxed.
All in all, 1 Lombard Street would be a lovely place to visit at any time of day: whether you’re looking for a place to impress a date, or some celebratory drinks at the brasserie, or even some light breakfast to start the day: 1 Lombard Street has you covered.
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