Summer in the City at the Anthologist:
Guest feature by Sarah James:
Who could resist an invitation to try the new cocktails and new summer menu at The Anthologist – not me!! I’m not normally very good at navigating my way around the City of London (and mobile signals for phone directions can be hit and miss in the City), so I was pleased that this is so near to Bank tube station and was easy to find.
The Anthologist is a large bar and restaurant. At first sight, from the outside it looked like many others, but the inside was a different matter. It was quirky, pretty and interesting. I even ended up taking a picture of the ladies toilet; which isn’t something that I’m in the habit of doing!
The restaurant area is quieter than the bar, and there were some lovely window seats for people watching. We were told that the bar produces all it’s own fruit juices daily, and that the cocktails available changed based on which juices had been made that day. Anthologist also runs Mixology classes, which sounded really good fun, as you get to drink the fruits of your labours! Mocktails are also available for non drinkers and drivers, so that no-one has to feel left out.
We started with a white wine and grape cocktail, which was refreshing.
We then sat down at the tables, which were really pretty with candelabras on every table, along with the place setting containing a page of a book in case conversation lagged!
Each dish we chose came with a little twist in turns of the presentation. Of course none of that matters if the food doesn’t live up to the presentation, but in this case it did. The Salmon Ceviche came in a glass jar with the dressing separately, you then had to add it and shake, and then plate up.
I had duck with pancakes, a huge portion which would easily have been enough for two people as a starter.
There was nothing retro about the chicken in the basket, this wasn’t the half basket with a gingham napkin in the bottom as beloved by pubs in the 1970s (although gingham did still feature!). This was your own picnic hamper, and make with grilled chicken as opposed to fried. The chips were declared delicious!
I opted for the super salad with lobster. I expected this to contain a few small pieces of lobster, and was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, that it came with a half lobster. This was lovely, and I adored my watering can containing the salad dressing!
We were treated to a cocktail from a sharing pitcher that was like a Mohito, but containing finely chopped rose petals. This was our favourite cocktail of the evening. So much so, that no photographic evidence exists!
We were too full for desserts!
If I worked in the City, I’m sure that this would be a favourite place for after work drinks and food. It’s very good value for the quality of the food, e.g. the salmon ceviche would have been £6.25, and my lobster salad £14.40.
58 Gresham Street