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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.