By Katie Wilson
There may be little reason to visit this part of London ordinarily, but Angler restaurant is worth venturing into City slicker territory for.
Perched on the top floor of the South Place Hotel, just a minute’s walk from Moorgate Tube station, you’ll find a beautiful rooftop restaurant serving up Michelin star seafood.
Inside, guests can see stunning views of the City from the slanted windows. Book The Chef’s View private dining table to get a glimpse of award-winning Head Chef Gary Foulkes and his team in action.
Outside, the rooftop at Angler restaurant, with floral installations and its own gin bar, is our preferred place to be.
With a retractable roof and heaters, it works in all weathers. It’s also one of the dreamiest terraces in London. The light is pretty magical when the sun finally does make an appearance.
When it comes to the food, a meal here is a fish lovers’ delight, although there are options for carnivores and vegetarians.
Foulkes, who previously worked with acclaimed chefs Gary Rhodes, John Campbell and Phil Howard, cleverly fuses sustainable British seafood with exciting flavours from his travels around the world.
You’ll find Japanese influences on the menu, as well as dishes inspired by Italy, Greece and France.
Once seated on the terrace, our lunch started as all good meals should – with a glass of fizz.
This was followed by a selection of amuse-bouche, which was beautifully presented, as is all the food here.
We tried Parmesan Profiteroles, Prawn & Squid Ink Crackers with Smoked Cod’s Roe, and Crispy Pork Brawn with Barbecued Apple Ketchup – the latter being a particular highlight.
Starters were Puglian Burrata With Peach, Fine beans and Hazelnut, and one of Angler’s signature dishes, Hand-Picked Dressed Devon Crab with Avocado, Wasabi and Lime. Both mouth-wateringly delicious.
For mains, we ordered the Whole Grilled Lemon Sole, which came cooked to perfection. Another signature, the Roast Newlyn Cod Fillet with Grilled Line Caught Squid and Scottish Girolles, was a dish I didn’t want to end.
Other Angler specialities worth mentioning include the Seabass Tartare – said to be one of the best in London.
The Wild Turbot with Hand Rolled Noodles, Japanese Mushrooms and Smoked Bonito Dashi is another. While Meat lovers will appreciate the Cumbrian Lamb.
For dessert – as one is never enough – we shared Black Forest with Dark Chocolate and Cherry Blossom Ice Cream and the English Strawberry Cheesecake.
We thought the Black Forest would be the winner, but the Strawberry Cheesecake just pipped it to the post.
If you want wine pairing, there is an extensive list of whites, champagnes and sparkling to choose from.
The attentive staff, who were excellent from the moment we arrived to when we left, can recommend the perfect combination for each course.
Although this is Michelin star dining, there is a three-course lunch menu priced at £38pp if you don’t want to blow the budget.
For picture-perfect seafood in an enviable rooftop location in the capital, book a table at Angler.
Best for: Lunch, dinner dates, private dining at The Chef’s View table
Angler restaurant on the 7th floor, South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF, is open Tuesday to Saturday until 10pm
Prices start from £38pp for a three-course lunch and £19.50 on the à la carte la menu
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