Jason Atherton is a name that is quickly becoming one that we all want to know. Now having 4 eateries over London, his culinary empire is forever growing, and we are embracing it with open arms. Head chef at Berners Tavern is Phil Carmichael, who used to be Jason Atherton’s senior sous-chef at Maze restaurant in Mayfair.
Having eaten at Social Eating House, we knew to expect wonderful things when we visted Berner’s Tavern recently. From the moment we entered we knew we were in for a treat.
Having arrived slightly early, we were warmly greeted by the Maitre’D who kindly asked to wait at the bar while they got our table ready. We didn’t need to be told twice! The lovely bar with its extensive list of wines and spirits kept us busy. Settling for Gin and Tonics we sat at one of the cosy tables and took in our surroundings. high ceilings, dim lighting, gorgeous artwork surrounded us. A level of grandeur that we were very much intoxicated by.
Our table was ready within 10 minutes and we were shown to one in the corner of the restaurant close enough to see into the kitchen, but far enough away to still enjoy the bustling dining room.
We moved onto wine, red of course, to go with our food, opting for two glasses of their 2012 Argentinian Malbec.
Now the food. What can we say but, simple divine. For starters we had Ironbark pumpkin risotto with crispy quail egg and kale and the charred mackerel with fennel, carrot and orange salad. Firstly the risotto, it is one of the best we have ever eaten. The risotto was cooked perfectly so still had a bite to it. The quails egg added a depth and the kale finished the dish with an earthy flavour that leaves you wanting more. The fish was also fantastic. Mackerel can be an acquired taste but when cooked like this we have no problems recommending!
For mains we chose the Wild mushroom Orecchiette with pickled trompettes ad the Roasted Goonsnargh Chicken Breast with Bacon, mashed potato, smoked garlic & salsa verde and a coq au vin sauce.
We have to say the pasta was lovely. It wasn’t as outstanding as we had hoped after sampling some gorgeous Mac n Cheese at Social Eating House, but was still very tasty. The star was definitely the chicken. Tender melt in your mouth with a gorgeous sauce and some of the fluffiest mash potatoes we have had in a long time. We couldn’t get enough of it!
We saved some room for dessert and opted to share their caramel apple eclair with salted caramel (on the recommendation of our waitress who said it was her favourite). Each mouthful was more delicious than the previous. The pastry was light but was still able to hold the apple and cream. The accompanying ice cream was one that we would happily have had a whole bowl full of.
Overall we had a great dining experience at Berner’s Tavern. The service was smooth and friendly but not so over bearing that you felt rushed. It can’t compare to SEH, only because we had a completely different experience there. One thing we do think is slightly missing is the connection with the kitchen. It would have been great to actually see food coming off the pass and into the restaurant, showcasing the many talented chefs’ work first hand.
Another great restaurant Mr. Atherton. Thank you!
10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP