St John’s Tavern Birthday Dinner

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St John’s Tavern is one of my favourite places to eat in London, so naturally I chose it as the location for my birthday dinner. It’s also conveniently located on the main road near our home. The menu is always impressive, and I can’t help but feel that it’s the kind of food I would serve were I to run a restaurant. My parents came down to London for the day recently and we managed to fit rather a lot in to the day, including a walk with Mimi on Hampstead Heath, afternoon tea at Kenwood House Brew House Cafe, a trip to the opticians to purchase some new glasses (my birthday present from my ever generous parents!), and dinner at St John’s Tavern.

I love the artwork on the walls, perhaps not the finest works of art ever but collectively they  create a great effect.

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The bar menu is always tempting. Sometimes we go for a drink here on the weekend, and indulge in either the hand made salted crisps or the pork scratchings!

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This is the main menu though which we ordered from. It was extremely difficult for me to make my choices, however as we don’t eat that much fish at home I went for fish both in my starter and main course!

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What I ordered at my Birthday Dinner

The starter I plumped for was the fish soup with saffron aioli and croutons. I wasn’t sure whether the soup was going to be a chowder, or perhaps with fish chunks and prawns in it, but it was a smooth soup. Rather than being a cream base it was tomato, the end result was mouthwateringly good. My mouth is watering just looking at the pic below!  The saffron aioli was a beautiful touch and the warm, earthy flavour of saffron was the perfect accompaniment to the fish soup. As for the croutons, well who doesn’t love a crouton or two!

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The main course I opted for was the spiced monkfish tail with saffron rice and courgette bhaji with a coconut dressing. Again, I was so impressed with this course. The monkfish was firm and meaty, cooked to perfection and flavoured beautifully. The saffron rice was really tasty too, more of a risotto style rice, quite similar to Arborio rice. The courgette bhaji was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and not too greasy as bhajis can sometimes be.

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The dessert menu was on the wall in front of me but even so when it came to selecting my dessert it was a difficult choice!

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However in the end I opted for the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. This really was a special dessert. Ginger biscuits, gorgeous vanilla “cheese”, topped off with fresh raspberries and raspberry jus. This was a really special birthday meal, the perfect end to a perfect day.

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  • Coppershack

    Wonderful. Written with attention to detail, honesty, passion & sincerity.
    What a refreshing change. Makes it all worth it.

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