Everyone knows it, the love a mother can give is irreplaceable! But what a blessing it is when your mother is your bff! Mine is leaving me for 6 months to go stay with my sister and it’s breaking my heart. So I had to send her off with our traditional mother-daughter day out. We would usually go for an afternoon tea but decided to go for lunch this time around instead. My mum is one of those women that would happily stay home in her little man-made heaven but I know deep down inside I get my fine dining bug from her! So we decided to head down to Searcys at The Gherkin. I knew she’d love it, like me she loves a good view!
It was a beautiful sunny day, a rarity in London so we were super lucky. We went through all kinds of security and up we went in an elevator to the 39th floor. When you think of going for a nice lunch with your mum, an office block is the last place you think of going to!
Once on the 39th floor, we were shown to our table and it was lovely. The views on this clear day were immense! You could see the whole of London’s sky line aitting there, this is basically my idea of being a tourist…
We were here for lunch on a sunny day and the weather was just beautiful, and we were hungry. So we ordered…
For starters we had Mille Fieulle…
Such a simple starter, but so fresh and so satisfying. The aubergine, fresh mozzarella cheese and baby tomatoes with the fresh basil sauce made for a refreshing and delicious starter. And what starter is complete without a yummy mocktail…
Mojitos are probably my one go to mocktail that is hands down always a good option. A mojito never disappoints. This was something else though – the hint of jasmine tea and strong taste of the cordial and lime was an unlikely, but great combination
Next was my main…
I got the Sea Bass in all its might and glory. I usually don’t like fish with skin, but this was the exception to the rule. The fish itself was cooked beautofully, but more so was the skin. The skin wasn’t scaley at all, and was so tasty. The sea bass sat on a bed of minestrone and pasta cooked a la Provencale, which means that it is cooked in a traditional way with olive oil, basil and tomatoes. Such a filling dish and top marks for taste and innovation.
Mummy TLH got the Rup of Lamb…
My mum is a typically desi when it comes to food. She expects her plate to be full to the brim, and has a bad reputation in the family of judging plates by face value. When the rump of lamb was put in front of mother TLH she didn’t look too impressed. But all it took was one bite and she was sold. The lamb was beautifull prepared, the lamb was succulent, soft and moist. The already tasty dish was served with Dauphinois potatoes, which is a dish of creamy potatoes. I can probably not articularly put into words how satisfying this dish was. After just one bite of the lamb and potatoes I was ready to give up my seabass and drool on my mum’s plate.
So stuffed at this point as we both cleaned all our plates, my mum was rady to go home and have a nap. I persisted and ordered dessert as per usual though.
Please take my word on this when I say this – Oh. My. God!! This is one beautiful desssert!! Probably one of the best I have had for a while. Ther tiny meringues sat on a bed of vanilla cream topped with berries, starberries, freshly churned ice cream and starberry sorbet. The vanilla cream was absolutely beautiful!! (That must be the first time I’ve had to use bold and underlining!) It was a rich cream, but not sickly sweet. It was tough enough to hold but yet somehow melted away as soon as that spoon entered your mouth! (Gosh, excuse me while I wipe all this drool off my keyboard) The meringues were soft and tasty. If I had to critique anythign about this dessert it would be that the perfection of the vanilla cream and fresh berries was met with a rather distateful sorbet. It was far too sour for my liking. The freshly churned ice cream was great, you could tell it was super fresh but was a bit heavy following the air-like feel of the cream.
Moving on to my own dessert, which at this point I was increasingly disinterested in…
I loved this platter. The desserts were small but enough to satisfy. Starting clockwise was the Vanilla Cheesecake, followed by the Chocolate Cheesecake, then the chcolate Macaroon and lastly. the Victoria spnge cake.
The Vanilla cheesecake was my favourite of the lot. It was smooth and tasty, although was slightly dry. THe chcolate cheesecake was a replacement of a dessert that had alcohol in it. The Chcolate Macaroon was nice but not great as it was a tad too crumbly and also, the dark chocolate made for a bitter aftertaste. Lastly, Searcy’s take on the victoria sponge cake was interested – the cake itself was so soft and just disintegrated in your mouth, however it was immersed in an orange juice which took away from its’ classic taste.
So, here is the verdict…
Food – 8 out of 10
Service – 7 out of 10
Price -7 out of 10
Atmosphere – 9 out of 10
Experience – 8 out of 10
Overall, giving Searcy’s at The Gherkin a total TLH score of 8 out of 10.
Address: The Gherkin, Level 39, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP
Halal Status: Halal meat can be requested with 78 hours notice, some dishes do contain alcohol so please speak to your waiter before ordering
Closest Station: Liverpool Street (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith, Central lines and National Rail)
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