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St John Bread and Wine

January 20, 2011

My friend J had been asking me to visit St John Bread and Wine with her for a few months now but each time, something would come up to prevent us from visiting. Finally, on yet another grey Saturday afternoon, we made it to this sparingly decorated establishment which serves simply cooked British food in a casual environment. Our booking was for 12.45pm which I later found out was perfectly timed as St John’s B&W only starts serving fuller portions from 1pm, with sharing plates served before that. By the time we left at about 3pm, the place was packed out.

The menu changes daily with selected specials on a board.

We had the following savoury dishes to share, together with some white and brown bread to soak up the sauce from our oxtail dish:

Oxtail, kale and chestnuts

Jerusalem artichokes, red onion and rocket

Smoked sprats with horseradish

I must note that our lovely waiter spent a few minutes explaining the dishes to us as we weren’t too sure which dishes to order. We initially wanted to order the special of ‘John Dory and green sauce’ but after eyeing the smoked sprats ordered by the couple seated next to us, asked for the waiter’s recommendation on which to choose. He very solicitously explained that he doesn’t generally give recommendations so we went with the sprats as the evidence looked very tempting! In fact, service was excellent throughout – attentive without being over-bearing. We even shared a joke after a slightly unpleasant incident involving another diner later on (which I shall not elaborate on lest I risk sinking to her low levels of social etiquette).

For afters, we ordered ½ a dozen Madeleines to share and a pot of Earl Grey tea each. For me, the highlight of the meal was surely the freshly baked soft, buttery Madeleines which were well worth the 15 minutes wait.

Where’s the plate?

94 Commercial St, London E1 6LZ which is under 10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street station, towards Spitalfields Market

Price for two plates?

£28 without service charge

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