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MasterChef judge and chef Robin Gill (of The Dairy and Sorella) will be running the restaurant and rooftop bar at the Embassy Gardens development (the one with the suspended swimming pool), by the new US Embassy. Irish influences, open-fire cooking and on-site brewed drinks will feature, in decor inspired by 1950s Manhattan.
Harden's survey result
Amidst the mushrooming luxury developments of Vauxhall’s once-neglected south bank, Robin and Sarah Gill’s (The Dairy, Counter Culture, Sorella) biggest venture to-date occupies the ground floor of one such new building, near the new American Embassy. Set around a large central bar with counter – and following an Irish-American theme (incorporating Robin’s Irish heritage) – the culinary emphasis is ingredient-led as the website makes clear: ‘… our single philosophy is: We have a wonderful product, let’s try not to feck it up’. It’s a comprehensive offering, complete with in-house bakery, large open kitchen with grill, cold storage (showing off steaks and fresh fish), an oyster bar, and a big outside terrace. It opened just as the survey was closing, but early feedback is of food that’s “fresh, interesting and delicious” – “the ragu was the best I have eaten anywhere ever!”
Darby's Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We went for breakfast, which I now realise not Darby's forte. The breakfast menu is limited - I had the Darby breakfast - one fried egg (just one?), two fair sized slabs of pork back (but as it with pork back, 50% glutinous fat - who is allowed that these days?) a dry waffle and a good sized side serving of bland "al dente" Darby's baked beans. Just not very inspiring. Or tasty. The coffee and croissant were very good (the the bread goods look excellent). The server was also very good, just not very attentive, so had to flag her down each time we needed service - bearing in mind this is 11am Sunday, and they were only 5 tables full. The greeter clearly wanted to be somewhere else, and the request to change tables when we came has to be consulted (really-with only 4 other tables full in the whole vast space?) before being unsmilingly granted. The venue is really nice, spacious, big open kitchen, nice racks of meat hanging upstairs cooler. So I think we came for the wrong meal - I would come back for a big steak, the day boat fish, an afternoon bottle of pink with oysters on the terrace (when the sun arrives), or coffee and croissant - but not when i'm in need of either a hearty or healthy breakfast."
"The crab roll starter and deer main course were exceptional."
"Fantastic new comer. Loved my crab roll and venison"
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