We were lucky enough to win the Square Meal/ Avery UK Valentine’s day competition. This was like a food safari, champagne and scallops in Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, dinner at Hawksmoor Spitalfields, followed by more champagne at Searcy’s at The Gherkin.
Bar at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Art at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
We kicked proceedings off at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. Initially, it was supposed to be champagne and oysters, but as neither of us are keen on oysters we got a plate of scallops with bacon instead. The sweetness of the scallops was perfectly complemented by the saltiness of the bacon and of course tastes better after a long day at work than a chilled glass of champagne.
A plate of scallops with bacon in bar at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
We then moved onto Hawksmoor Spitalfields, to whet our appetites we got a couple of cocktails. I went for the Marmalade cocktail, Paddington Bear would definitely approve, if he was all grown up and could drink!
Barberossa (Bar Manager at Hawksmooor Spitalfields) making our cocktails.
Marmalade & Shaky Pete cocktails at Hawksmoor Spitalfields
I wanted to stick with the seafood theme so I ordered crab on toast and C got the Tamworth belly ribs which were meltingly tender and sticky. We both got lobster for our mains as it felt appropriately celebratory.
Crab on toast at Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Tamworth Belly Ribs at Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Lobster with garlic butter, Triple Cooked Chips, and Baked Sweet Potatoes at Hawksmoor Spitalfields
All the dessert choices sounded equally tempting so in the end we split a sticky toffee pudding and a salted caramel chocolate mousse to make sure we didn’t miss out. We rounded things off with a batida, a dessert in a glass cocktail consisting of Cachaça, Coconut Sorbet, Condensed Milk, Passion Fruit & Lime. I have cousins in Sao Paulo so I can vouch for the authenticity of Hawksmoor’s batidas, they’re the real deal!
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Clotted Cream, & Chocolate & Salted Caramel Mousse with Milk Ice Cream – with Climpson & Sons Coffee at Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Batida at Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Our final stop of the night was Searcys at the Gherkin. The view was stunning and I don’t think anyone could fail to feel romantic with all of London shimmering before them.
Bar at Searcy’s The Gherkin
Amazing night time view from Searcy’s The Gherkin bar on 40th floor! – including St Paul’s Cathedral in distance.
We had been to the Hawksmoor Spitalfields bar previously: