Early this year Sky Garden opened its doors to the public, adding another iconic London destination for us to visit. It is free to the public but you will have to pre-book a slot on their website. Alternatively, book a table at one of the restaurant that is located in Sky Garden.
I took the opportunity to book a table for my mother’s birthday at Darwin Brasserie. The restaurant kindly offered us the best table in the house which gave us a beautiful view of Sky Garden and the city of London. It definitely put a big smile on the birthday woman!
The menu is simple with a variety of choice to suit a range of taste buds, as well as those who might want some thing light. We skipped starters and went straight to the main course, where the dishes were concentrated on British cuisine.
I choice the Braised Ox Cheek served with creamed potato and roasted roots (£17.50) and I was indeed very satisfied. This is a main dish I would recommend for those who like their meat. The ox cheek was beautifully cooked to a wonderful soft texture. The rest of the ingredients on the plate really complimented the ox cheek well.
For my mum I choice her the whole plaice with shrimp butter and spinach (£18). The fish was beautifully cooked just right and all the way through to the bones, so no blood water could be found on the dish which she had found in other restaurants which can put her off to eat any further. But she left her plate clean at Darwin Brasserie.
A menu with a range of British dishes can not be without a tradition fish and chips. Darwin Brasserie serves a battered haddock served with chunky chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas (£16.50). We thought it was a beautifully cooked piece of fish with crispy outer batter that coated a succulent fish.
I love the presentation of this dish where the chips is served in a small metal bucket. The lemon was covered in a mesh net so when you squeeze the fruit, only the juice comes out. This was very thoughtful to present it this way.
Being a Sunday the restaurant was offering Sunday beef roast instead of the steak, so we decided to take the opportunity to have a Darwin Brasserie’s Sunday roast. We were impressed as it was the best Sunday roast we have had in London so far.
We finished our meal by sharing two desserts. I found the chocolate pave suited my taste buds over the rhubarb crumbles served with custard. My only disappointment with our meal was the restaurant did not add the extra touch of writing Happy Birthday on the plate of the Chocolate Pave, which I was originally advise they would be able to do when I made the booking.
Overall Darwin Brasserie is a great place for lunch with its casual atmosphere and a view of London. The prices quoted are correct at the time of dining and I found it to be decent with the portion size we were served for each dish.
The restaurant is situated inside the Walkie Talkie building on Frenchurch Street.There are two restaurants, with Darwin Brasserie being the most casual and reasonable price to dine. From the outside, I actually think Darwin Brasserie has a better view than Frenchurn Seafood & Grill bar which is apparently the upmarket restaurant in Sky Garden.
One thing to bear in mind when you visit or dine at Sky Garden is the airport like security check, you will have to get through before you even make it to the lift to travel up the Walkie Talkie building to Level 35 where Sky Garden begins.
20 Fenchurch Street,