St. John Restaurant in Clerkenwell is one of those places that when you mention it to foodies, it brings a glimmer to their eye. Foodies love this place and they can talk about it ad nauseum. Anthony Bourdain placed it as number one on his list of 13 Places to Eat Before You Die. It’s number 14 on Restaurant Magazine’s 50 World’s Best Restaurants.
That’s a lot of hype.
I’ve been to St. John on more than one occasion and I do have to admit. It more than lives up to its reputation.
Why do I love St. John?
- I’m from Laos and we use pretty much every part of the animal in our cooking, so nose to tail eating for me is a way of life, yet there are few opportunities for me to indulge.
- Subtle yet memorable flavours. Whether it’s middlewhite or grouse, the flavours are kept simple to let the true essence of the food shine through.
- Unbelievably fresh ingredients. The menu moves fluidly with whatever’s available and in season.
- The roasted bone marrow is probably one of the best things I have ever put into my mouth.
- For how good the food is, this prices are more than affordable.
- By far the best proprietary house wines in town. It’s one thing to have your wine dealer find your vintages, it’s another to make your own.