To celebrate my birthday this year we’d booked an early sitting at Jason Atherton’s restaurant Berners Tavern. As you may remember Jason Atherton is one of my favourite chefs having experienced an incredible meal at City Social and also Social Eating House. Being close to work I’ve walked past the impressive London Edition hotel which is where the restaurant is situated.
London Edition hotel was the brainchild of Ian Schrager who previously opened the Sanderson and St Martin’s Hotel, so you know it’s going to be impressive! You walk inside and are welcomed by the incredibly classy but yet trendy lobby, hope to take a few home furnishing ideas from the place.
We followed the light and had a drink in the smaller Punch Room bar before we were then ready to be seated in Berners Tavern.
The room has an incredible amount of grandeur and the ceiling height is quite impressive. This helps with the noise and makes for an intimate meal and no shouting across the table to hear parents.
Dad and I shared our starters with first up (and perhaps one of the best courses of the meal) beef tartare, salsa verde, chopped duck egg and croutons. Gorgeous meat and all parts accompanied each other perfectly.
Next up was the asparagus, confit cod, jersey royals, samphire and saffron aioli. Not exactly something to write home about but pleasant all the same. Didn’t get a picture of the dish but you can have one of Mum’s prawns instead!
Onto the mains and this time Lawrence and I were sharing, first with the roasted rump of lamb, crispy breast, english peas, broad beans, basil pesto and ham hock. This was a very nice dish but Mum did feel the ham hock was unnecessary with the rest of the dish. Would recommend ordering some sides as well to compliment the meat.
Second main was the roasted cornish cod, prawn and smoked mussel risotto, basil and coriander pesto. Well cooked fish and risotto which went well and nice refreshing flavours coming through.
For pudding we shared the dark chocolate tart which was very rich perfect between 4. Then a lovely little surprise where the waitress had picked up on Mum’s loud remark of ‘how was your birthday’ at the beginning of the meal.
We did have to say how wonderful the staff were, very attentive and even after a slight mix up of giving us a more expensive wine then we had asked for they kindly updated the bill without any fuss.
It was a lovely Birthday evening and the setting is beautiful although we weren’t blown away by the food especially with the prices attached to them. Social eating house had equally good food on their set menu for a much better price if you’re looking to experience Jason’s style.