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Bread Street Kitchen - Gordon Ramsay
As soon as you walk into the Bread Street Kitchen, you'll not fail to notice how stripped back it is. An open ceiling with exposed piping and lights extending down on lengthy cables give an industrial feel - but it works so cleverly with the rest of the decor. Because, as you lower your gaze to the floor, you'll notice its Victorian-esque black and white check tiles, cozy booths with plush curved leather sofas of darkened turquoise or crimson. Dainty-looking stools are placed around blocky pillars and, stretching along one side of the entire restaurant, the bar. It's undeniably stylish with its minimal approach at fancy wall hangings, mirrors or artwork. In place of all that is metal railings and 'factory' staircases.
All the food on offer is either prepared at the raw bar, which is open-plan so you can see your starter come together, in the hot kitchen or in the wood stone oven where the mains are prepared. They've got a great selection of fish at the Bread Street, with possibilities such as saltwater prawns on crab toast; roasted cod; steamed bass and yellow fin tuna. Heavier foods like veal chops; grilled rib-eye; crispy pig's head or meatballs are real belly-fillers, while the quality salad selection for those after a lighter bite will certainly satisfy. For pudding, it's a tempestuous storm of chocolate tarts; banana and maple upside-down cakes; vanilla and gingerbread cheesecakes; and butterscotch, whiskey, caramel cream and peanut brittles.
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Frankly, if you've failed to spot St. Paul's Cathedral on the doorstep of The Bread Street Kitchen, you need an eye test. This magnificent Cathedral, one of London's defining features, steeped in historical importance, has to be seen up close. Indeed, go on inside, and up to the domed roof for the Whispering Gallery where two people can whisper to each other and be heard across the open space, such are the dynamics of sound travel in the dome.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 11:00 - 15:00 & 17:30 - 23:00, Sunday: 19:30 - 22:00
Nearest Tube: St.Paul's (Central Line), Liverpool Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Lines)
10 Bread Street, Barbican, EC4M 9AJView Larger Map