The Sky Garden on top of the Walkie Talkie in the city opened up over a year ago now and has been on my list for awhile to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the place as an attraction where they have a full ‘park’ on the top of the 37 storey building. Who can forget their PR fail when the glass started melting the cars parked down below.
You can visit the Sky Garden and bar for free although the slots for Sky Garden seemed to only be weekday and during the day so very inconvenient for people who work.
Now the garden itself is pretty average and you can walk round it in a couple of minutes but the open bar is a pretty impressive space, especially at night when you look out across the city. We stopped for a drink before our table was ready in Darwin Brasserie the cheaper of the restaurants available within the building.
We were very lucky indeed to have been placed in a beautiful table right by the glass with a centre view across the city, doesn’t get much better than that. Now onto the food, the menu is as you’d imagine from a brasserie, relaxed casual style of food not too pricey especially with such a good view.
For starter we shared the dorset crab salad and then the ham hock croquette. Both tasty dishes and presented rather nicely, giving you an upmarket feel on what could be pretty standard.
For mains I couldn’t resist going for the steak, can’t beat a nice juicy medium rare steak and chips with béarnaise sauce and this didn’t disappoint. Lawrence’s choice was a very nice dish of confit duck leg with beans and carrots, very nice. For once we were pretty full and couldn’t even manage a dessert to finish the evening off but they did look rather tasty.
It was a lovely evening and much better than I had expected after hearing varying reviews of the place. Nice place to take visiting non-Londoners to for a meal, I may even have to say it was a better setting than Duck & Waffle.