Gazing out onto the iconic London skyline is Tate Modern's 6th floor restaurant. Offering seasonal dishes and spectacular wines the restaurant's masterpiece is not just the stunning panoramic view, as I found out last week.
Arriving at 8 o'clock the restaurant was buzzing and busy. Its simple and open plan style draws your eye to that beautiful view. But my eye was drawn towards the menu...
The starter of fried devilled chicken and livers on toasted sourdough was deep and smoky, and wrapped in a silky rich sauce. The trio of seared Norfolk scallops on a bed of baby fennel, with caramelised orange and crispy bacon was sensational as the citrus punctured the salty bacon and sweet scallop. And the duo of slow-cooked pork belly and confit cheek of Dingley Dell pork, topped with crisp, fried sage was deep and indulgent, lightened by the clever introduction of a cauliflower cheese purée.
Next was the North Atlantic pollock, served with fricassée of wild mushrooms and baby leeks with a red wine butter sauce. The juxtaposition of white fish, salty crisp skin with the velvet rich red wine sauce was beautiful, and the mushroom fricassée was just as impressive and robust in flavour. The Gressingham duck breast perfectly pink with sweet baby carrots, celeriac and a lemon thyme emulsion was also hugely popular. And the smoke parmesan running through the wild mushroom risotto gave it an interesting edge.
Now it would have been rude to refuse a dessert, wouldn't it? So we opted for the sea-salted peanut & caramel tonka bar and ice milk, as well as the vanilla sablé, blackberries and white chocolate cream. The mysterious tonka bar was in fact a lightly whipped mousse atop a soft sponge and crunchy base, decadently covered in a gleaming dark chocolate ganache and accompanied by a sticky salty-caramel peanut sauce and a mellowing iced milk cream. Both hit the spot!
Yes, the restaurant at Tate Modern's 6th floor has a very special view, it also has a special menu.
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