Last Updated on February 15, 2022
Angler Restaurant – the perfect Valentine’s treat for 2022
Hot on the heels of Christmas, it’s easy to feel you haven’t had a chance to catch your breath before Valentine’s Day arrives. For me, that’s where something like Red Letter Days really wins out – because all their vouchers can be booked and then used up to at least a year from purchase. That said, right now we all have a great opportunity to book and visit restaurants like the Michelin starred Angler, in the heart of the City of London, where tables are normally on a waitlist. I think it’s a dreamily romantic setting – there’s a pretty terrace and elegant decor with pristine white table linen and a fresh classic modern feel. Choose from cosy banquettes or well-spaced tables with a view across the rooftops of the city. Under the direction of executive chef Gary Foulkes, I’ve never been disappointed by the food at Angler which, as the name suggests, has a Pescatarian bias.
e went along to review the Red Letter Day tasting menu offer – six courses with a glass of champagne each at £165 in total. It’s a menu that is available every day both for lunch and dinner and for me, it’s a perfectly balanced culinary journey – one that I’d like to take again!
Our journey started as it should, with a glass of champagne. Angler stout bread with caramelised yeast and malt butter appeared quickly and was a good way to take the edge off our appetites. Umami rich with a nice salty kick, I’d have eaten more if I hadn’t tried to exercise a little restraint in the knowledge that snacks were on their way. Along with the bread came a little dish of cheesy choux puffs, as light as a feather with a delicate yet pronounced cheesy filling.
The snacks which followed were equally tempting. A tiny cube of crispy pig’s head with BBQ apple ketchup and smoked bacon was everything I could have wanted a crispy shell revealed a tender and meaty terrine with a real kick. Dainty enough to excuse the indulgence too. Wild garlic and chive, caramelised onion and Beaufort tart had a delicate fine pastry shell filled with a light, melting cheese mixture. And, the prawn and squid ink cracker with smoked cod’s roe and Espelette pepper was an elegant and refined canapé that paired perfectly with the Champagne.
Meanwhile, my companion had picked a bottle of wine, a Novas Gran Reserva Chardonnay from Chile. An easy wine to pair with a tasting menu if you are not indulging in a paired flight, it’s rich, with lovely balanced acidity and a mineral structure. On the wine list at £42, it was one of the restaurant’s entry-level wines and really didn’t disappoint.
Our starter of handpicked Devon crab with Hass avocado, wasabi and finger lime was a real picture on a plate. I’d hesitated when I saw the dish on the menu as I was concerned the wasabi and lime would overwhelm the delicate crab. Not so – this was beautifully balanced and superbly presented.
Roast Newlyn cod with caramelised parsley root, line-caught squid and Alsace bacon included a perfectly cooked fillet of cod with tiny morsels of bacon, potato puree and buttery squid in a delicious jus.
The pre-dessert of blood orange sorbet with a pistachio cream and blood orange juice topped with a fine caramel and with just a dash of Chateau de Panisse olive oil was a bright and refreshing mouthful.
P.B.C (peanut, banana and chocolate) was a surprisingly light dessert, albeit with a rich mouthful of chocolate. Another beautifully executed dish, we were impressed that such basic ingredients could be presented so elegantly.
Finally, we rounded off the meal with coffee and petit fours – a champagne and chocolate truffle, a cranberry, clementine and yoghurt jelly and yuzu and white chocolate truffle.
I’m particularly impressed with the structure of the tasting menu we enjoyed at Angler. A sensory journey indeed, where each dish seemed to seamlessly move to the next. Every component was of excellent quality and every dish was beautifully cooked and presented with style.
If you’d like to experience for yourself, the Restaurant does offer an a la carte and other tasting menu options, but the six courses with Champagne at Angler is a special deal through Red Letter Days.
So, go and check out the Red Letter Day site – and buy a voucher for your dream date!
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF
Tel: 020 3215 1260