Brunch at The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

Getting off the tube at Farringdon on a Saturday is a strange feeling – the area is like a ghost town! So much so that some local establishments (such as Bea’s) don’t open at the weekend, apparently catering for the city workers who fill the area during the week. With this in mind it was a pleasant surprise to find a lovely, lively brunch destination in the locality! What a good think we’d booked in advance, as the restaurant was very busy. The Modern Pantry has obviously gained quite a reputation, and rightly so as they have a very extensive brunch menu (with a good choice of gluten free options). The decor is minimalist and modern, although the chairs were not particularly comfy (try to book a table by the window). I chose the poached eggs with chorizo, slow roast tomatoes, plantain fritters, watercress and gluten free toast which combined a number of flavours and textures and was a tasty dish. The chorizo was particularly superb and very much the highlight of the meal. The plantain fritters (which are nestled under the watercress in the photo below) were the only slight disappointment – I thought they lacked flavour.

Gluten free toast, poached eggs, chorizo, slow roast tomatoes, plantain fritters, watercress

Gluten free toast, poached eggs, chorizo, slow roast tomatoes, plantain fritters, watercress

Often you don’t feel like a pudding during brunch, so I commend The Modern Pantry for serving a wide range of sorbets and ice creams by the scoop – just the thing when you need a little something sweet. I opted for coconut and nutmeg sorbet, mostly because it’s not a combination I’d had before and I can’t resist trying something new. What a wonderful combination it was, and so very refreshing.

Coconut and nutmeg sorbet

Coconut and nutmeg sorbet

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