Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

January 22, 2015
Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

'The sky is the limit' and this is certainly the case when it comes to dining (that is until Richard Branson opens a restaurant on the Virgin Galactic). The Shard (here and here), Duck & Waffle...what is it about dining at high elevation that is so appealing? London's latest landmark, Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, is the new destination for those who like their eggs with a side of sweeping views of the city...or those who like the 'high life'.

Sky Garden opened a couple of weeks ago and has been all over Instagram, but as Luxy pointed out, there haven't been many reviews about their restaurants - Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill on level 37, Darwin Brasserie on level 36, and Sky Pod bar on the 35th. So when Luxy snagged us a reservation  at Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill for Tuesday I felt it my civil duty to photograph this skyscraper stunner and report back on my findings...only to realise when I got there that I brought my DSLR sans memory card. D'oh! All photos on this post were taken on iPhone and edited in VSCOcam so please excuse the quality of the pictures. 

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill
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Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

After a security search and scan not unlike an airport, we stepped into the lift and shot up to the 35th floor where we greeted with a sprawling vision: a vast steel space with wraparound glass walls offering a stunning cityscape of London by night from the London Eye to St. Paul's, a mezzanine hanging over the Sky Pod bar which was accessed by a set of stairs flanking both sides of the room, and the ascent to the restaurants leading us through paths among the gardens designed by award-winning landscape architecture practice Gillespies. I had sudden flashbacks to Singapore's Gardens By The Bay and it all felt very futuristic - like a sci-fi movie set in a future where nature's greenery was a thing of the past and so gardens cultivated indoors were a symbol of wealth and a zoo exhibit of Earth's verdant history. I was chillin' like a James Bond villain.

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill
I looked up to the mirrored ceiling and felt like a tiny fish in a huge aquarium. 
Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

I always complain about climbing stairs, but with a path like this it's difficult to moan. To the right, a glimpse of Darwin Brasserie on level 36.

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

We reached our gastronomical destination for the evening - Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill on level 37. Quiet and mostly empty at first - we arrived at the early bird hour of 7 - the restaurant and seafood bar filled up very quickly and soon we were surrounded by well-heeled cliente speaking in so many languages you'd almost believe you were at a UN meeting.

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

What can I say about Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill? First of all I must commend the excellent service. I ordered two starters in lieu of a main (and a Diet Coke because you can always count on me to lower the tone) but changed my mind when the waiter brought out our amuse bouche - the venison tartare. One bite of this tiny morsel and I went straight to heaven. I begged our waiter to ask the chef if he could make this my main and cancel one of my starters. Many trips back and forth to the chef and our waiter told me, regrettably my starters were already being prepared and that there wasn't quite enough venison, but would I like a steak tartare? Would I like a steak tartare?! That's only my favourite dish, ever. So it transpired that instead of having a modest two starters and a shared pudding (I'd had a pizza a couple hours before dinner) I ended up with my two starters, a very large (and delicious) steak tartare made especially for me, as well as an amuse bouche, a gorgeous palate cleanser (more on that later), and half a pudding. That's another thing I should point out, that the portions at Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill are generous. As generous as the staff's accommodating of my unreasonable demands - five stars for service!

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Our amuse bouche - venison tartare. Simply divine, I only wished this was available as a main! 

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

I had two starters - the scallops (perfect in everyday) and the salt heritage beetroot salad (it was alright, but my main course made up for it).

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

My main - a steak tartare made especially for me. I could taste the love and care in it and every bite made me tear, not just because the portions were massive and I was beginning to feel the strain.

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Luxy's main - the duck with chicory tarte tartin which she described as 'heavenly, tender, and full of flavour'.

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Our palate cleanser - a passionfruit soufflé with lemon curd that hit the spot. Sweet, zesty, and tangy, it was just the treat we needed to reset our tastebuds in anticipation for our pudding...

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

...The St Clements Posset which was a delicious epilogue to, as Luxy calls it, 'a very decent meal'  which although lacked a view, was made especially memorable by the attentiveness of the staff who took good care of us.

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

My happy food coma face.

My meal of two starters, a main, a pudding, two complimentary dishes (amuse bouche and palate cleanser) and a Diet Coke came to just under £65 including 12.5% service charge.

My verdict? The food is certainly as good as many restaurants I've been to - and I've been to a few - and it's certainly worth going to Sky Garden just for the experience. However, if you're there for a view, stick to the SkyPod bar on the 35th - the higher you go and the more you pay, the worst the view. Go in the day and take advantage of the amazing light - you can read the Luxury Columnist's blog post to see what it looks like by day - and grab a drink by the terrace. I would recommend the restaurant to try if you're a foodie, but also to visit by day to see the two sides of Sky Garden. Find them at 20 Fenchurch Street, City of London. x

7 comments:

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    1. Rhiannon! It was - if you go there you should ask them to make it for you. Be sure you're extra hungry, the portions are generous! x

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  2. The food looks fab, and not unlike the menus I do for my pop ups :) And I love the inside garden!

    Rosie xx

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    1. The inside garden is still a work in progress and I imagine it'll look much better in summer! x

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  3. I read this on my way to Central London this morning. I didn't get to comment then as I went into the tunnel, but jeebus, the food photos made me drool all over the other passengers.

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    1. Ahahhaha tube drool! Seriously though, thinking of the scallops and steak tartare is making me drool too! x

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  4. That duck looks gorgeous. I've heard so many bad things about this place but I'm still tempted to go at some point!

    Katie <3

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