St John

26 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4AY - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7251 0848

St John Restaurant In London
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Overall 9.3
Food 10.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 9.0
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I simply can't fault the quality and imagination of the food here. The menu is based on Fergus Henderson's 'nose-to-tail' cuisine, where not one ounce of dead animal is wasted. The resulting dishes are a study in simplicity and seasonality. This is not flashy cooking, rather a showcase of high quality ingredients and faultless execution. This is the sort of restaurant I can see myself returning to for years and years and years. BYO at £15 also a big bonus.
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Sunday, July 08, 2012

Much has been made of the whole 'nose to tail' eating thing, but I suspect it was much more radical in 1994 than in 2012. There is enough variety in the short menu to satisfy everyone. It's not like you can only choose between spleen or tripe. There was a tripe starter and there was a deviled kidney main, but there was also a cucumber and leaf starter and grilled brill main.

Simple cooking with only a few ingredients which may or may not be unusual, but nothing shocking in terms of combinations or techniques. We shared starters, the standouts were the famous bone marrow on toast and a salad of roasted skate with rocket and salsa verde. For my main I had snails with sausage and chick peas which was extremely moreish. I also loved the pigeon with radishes. We had a lemon sorbet with vodka after mains then shared eccles cake with Lancashire cheese, which is one of those combinations that changes lives.

Again the décor was probably a revolution 18 years ago, with whitewashed walls, industrial pendent lamps, and a shabby feel. It's still not to everyone's taste but I loved it. It was packed, obviously.

Couldn't fault anything really. Lots of restaurants now do some things that are similar, but I reckon the original is well worth a visit.
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Dan - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6
Friday, June 01, 2012

Outstanding! Ten of us for dinner meant that we had to use the 'feasting menu' and which meant that some week before we had to select two starters, two mains, and two desserts. I had some reservations about this arrangement which involved the waiters bringing along the dishes which went-in-the-middle and everybody tucked in.

In the event we selected pigs cheeks and brown shimps for starters, venison and sea bass for mains, and profiteroles and crumble for desserts. The food was absolutely delicious and the quantities more than enough for everybody ... so much so that there was demand to have what remained of the crumble to be taken home in a doggy-bag.
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Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Visited St John for the first time last Friday and thoroughly enjoyed the food and relaxed atmosphere. A good balance of fish and meat dishes on the menu which appatrently changes at least daily. Between the three of us, we had fantastic sea urchins and oysters to start,the bone marrow with toast, followed by whole crab, brill and super fresh, fried sprats. The service was very friendly and attentive and relaxed, not overly formal and uptight as too many restaurants are. Great buzz the whole evening. Will definitely be going back.
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Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Monday, January 16, 2012

Myself (a chef) and 3 foodie friends were all excited to visit st John restaurant,, on arrival, it seems quirky, quite neutral but different and cosy... the menu was simple, the food also simple... I had bone marrow to start and was kinda hoping it would surprise me a bit especially for 8 quid, when to make that dish would of cost 50 pence... Roast bone marrow.... is roast bone marrow, not a lot you have to do with it really... they cooked simple food well.. no complaints there... and i suppose they are honest with this and don't claim to do anything else other than cook game/meats well.. but... I don't know.. it just needed a little bit of excitement,, a little bit of a spark!!! it has such a great reputation that it should and could raise it's level a little higher... any good house cook could do what they did at St John... also my massive let down was the dessert... Chef can obviously cook a good bird.. but has no idea of dessert,, the chocolate terrine was dry and pretty gross, the only other choice that i wanted was a lemon posset- cream set with lemon and sugar?? Come on!!!! and some other random non exciting desserts..... gave it 3 cos they cook the food well and waiting staff were great, knowledgable and helpful, although slow.... London has so many awesome restaurants,, it's great they change the menu often... always nice to go back and see whats new!!! But I won't,, as once again, it will be a bit of a let down.... Sad really... the concept was so exciting... the execution... non inspiring....
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Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I have been to this restaurant a number of times and the food has always been excellent.

The staff are extremely competent, and not falsely "matey" (don't actually want that, thanks).

The decor, which some reviewers seem to have a difficulty with, is functional and doesn't pretend to be otherwise, thank goodness. I go to a restaurant to eat good food, not be charged over the odds for mediocre food in expensive and pretentious surroundings.

In short, superb and unusual food -exactly as food should be.
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This place is a disaster.... The veggies were seriously overcooked and the asparagus was tough. Several of the dishes we ordered were never served and the waitress never returned to pour wine or water and there was lots of debris in the wine so it should clearly have been decanted. The floor was scattered with spilled food from earlier guests. The waitress never apologized for any of these shortcomings although this was politely pointed out by us. How this restaurant can be rated so highly by the Michelin guide and on the Worlds Best Restaurants List is totally beyond comprehension!
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Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1
Sunday, May 15, 2011

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - It doesn't get simpler than some roasted veal bones, toast, a parsley salad and some salt but combined together? Oh frigging yes. My first bite of this was a definite eyes rolling back in the head moment, the soft jelly like marrow oozing over and into the crisp, hot sourness of the bread, cut through with the sharpness of the piled on parsley, capers and shallots. Simply incredible...I bloody loved St John. It's a one-off and quite obviously continues to live up to its considerable reputation. The whole experience was just an absolute pleasure from start to finish.

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