Gordon Ramsay's vast, casual dining environment for City workers and opportunists alike
My first time here and I simply wasn’t expecting it to be as huge as it was. All in all this was a pleasant experience in a very fun and cosmopolitan environment with some simple dishes done to a pleasing level. I would say the service ranged from aloof to chirpy but a little unpredictable and you may wish a table near the thoroughfare so you can grab a staff member more easily when you need them. Hopefully I’ll get to try the bread next time and have enough room for dessert as well. Mixed service and just above average food for this visit.
The vast open plan with quirky design was fun and added to the atmosphere that was abundant by 12:30pm. I arrived before the masses and after asking permission to take a photo of the interior (with no other diners in the shot) I was asked to call their Head Office which I thought was pretty suprising. After I asked what I should be specifically asking Bread St Kitchen’s Head Office to avoid taking pictures of, I was allowed to proceed so that was a first but all amiccable.
The ambience and food were both comfortable and the potato bread burger with spicey sauce was very good once I could actually fit it in the mouth. I should have obeyed my instincts and gone with the duck salad with my two sides of chips and macaroni with garlic breadcrumbs as I was almost full on these alone.
However, at £12, the burger seemed to be the no brainer option as the salad was £10 and I wanted to see what Gordon Ramsay’s take on a burger was like. Apart from being surpised at how simple and massive it was, it actually tasted pretty good. The beef was well cooked and the potato bread (made off site) had a very good texture with the tomatoes calming down the spicy sauce.
The chips were very crunchy and the tiptree ketchup and brown sauces, are basically up there with the best you can get I believe so why not(!). The macaroni was ok and I liked the garlic crumbs but ultimately I didn’t find any particualar wow factor in this. What was a huge surprise though was the fact that I wasn’t offered any bread at Bread St Kitchen! A bit of oversight here I think as I was early and I did not see the bread being brought out until 12:15pm for the first time and I think they just forgot me. I’m also not really a fan of “thank yous” from diners being greeted with “you’re welcome” or “that’s ok” from staff and I think a simple smile and “can I get you anything else” or “please enjoy” I think is more preferrable.
Food Grade: 66%
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