June 2019: Alex Davies, founder of sustainable, low-waste restaurant Gatherings in New Zealand (in post-earthquake Christchurch) has taken over as chef here with a plant-focused menu.
Harden's survey result
“Margot and Melanie, we love you and your earthbound but fine cooking: gutsy, simple and defiantly based on flavour!”. This “bright, if utilitarian, space looking out onto The Mall” is a takeover of a longstanding arts centre café, near Admiralty Arch; a year-old spin-off from Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson’s quirky Spitalfields original: “the seasonal-and-often-unusual ingredients married to straightforward, accurate cooking have transferred successfully from the hipsterland of the East End”. “Wines are also good and unusual” (although one or two reporters consider them “toppy pricewise for this kind of set-up”).
“I didn’t think they’d do it in the arid ICA… but it’s a triumph… Melanie and Margot, we love you!”. Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson have pulled off the successful opening of an offshoot to their boho Spitalfields venture in this “rather odd space” – a cultural centre near the start of The Mall – which, while “cramped and lacking comfort”, is “laid back” and pepped up by “cheerful service”. The main event, though, is the “simple, hearty but utterly delicious English food cooked with care and passion” – “just right, no-frills perfection!”
Rochelle Canteen at the ICA Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Sadly, one of the dishes was inedible. (When one has to ask for a steak knife to cut pork belly - and even that can't manage the task - it's pretty obvious that things aren't right.) House white wine poor and others sampled from the list expensive for what one gets. All-in-all very disappointing. Not my first visit to this venue but almost certainly my last."
|Wine per bottle||£19.00|
The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
|Tuesday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:45 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:45 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-4 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|