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The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven


Recently I met a friend who had recently undergone a serious health overhaul. It meant all gluten and dairy products were off the menu with only limited pescatarian items welcome. To make the restaurant search even trickier there was a radius restriction of not being more than five stops from Euston Station for the train back up north. Challenge accepted!

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

You’d think being vegetarian this would be no problem. However, I did end up going through my long list of restaurants, slowly crossing them off one by one due to limited choice. Then I came across The Modern Pantry, it has two outposts: one in Clerkenwell and one in Finsbury Square. The Finsbury Square one ticked the radius criterion and upon sending a quick email, confirmed they would fulfil the dietary requirements too.

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

Housed on the ground floor of the refurbished Alphabeta building on the corner of Finsbury Square you enter via the bar where a tapas style menu is served. The main dining room is all light wood panels, leather booths and huge ovoid hanging lamps.

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

Scouring the menu you’re immediately introduced to intriguing ingredient combinations. Chef Anna Hansen pushes all the culinary and global boundaries. I’m talking chicken kiev, but no ordinary chicken kiev. This one comes coated with Kashmiri masala and parsley panko crust. The Cornish Crab rarebit is paired with Iranian lime guacamole and the grilled ribeye steak is smothered in umeboshi, Urfa chilli and garlic butter. Intrigued now aren’t you? Of course there are plenty of veggie options too, in fact you’re quite spoilt for choice.

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

The first starter of crispy egg, soy mushrooms, tomato and lemongrass came on a bed of black garlic yoghurt (£7.20). The flavours married together perfectly. My only quibble being the crispy egg was overcooked inside. My preference is always slightly runny.

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

The second starter was tea smoked salmon, with lemon roast fennel, sweet potato and avocado salad (£9.50). The tasty salad can also be ordered as a main.

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

There was also another cheeky starter of seared scallops, with shallot and tamarind purée and wasabi tobiko (£9.50). Beautifully presented, the strong flavours were balanced well so as not to overpower the scallops.

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

We all ordered the same main of aubergine and miso cabbage roll with tamarind and dal curry. My dairy version came drizzled with spiced gooseberry and coconut yoghurt (£17). It was big and bold and spiced to perfection.

The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

Dessert time was difficult. It was hard to choose since they all sounded so delightful. Finally the rosewater and cardamom poached rhubarb, lychee and lemongrass sorbet, topped with pink peppercorn and pistachio meringue (£7.5o) won! Being a big rhubarb fan I was excited at the amalgamation of all these ingredients. The rhubarb was delicately flavoured and the combination of lychee and lemongrass was deliciously refreshing.

Service although friendly was slow considering the restaurant wasn’t full when we were dining. However, if you want to tantalise your taste buds from the four corners of the world this is definitely the place for you. It just goes to show that even with numerous dietary requirements, food need not be bland or boring.

Modern Pantry serves a unique menu in a striking space. It will impress your breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner date for sure.

Do you like unusual dining or do you think simple is best? Let me know in the comments box below.


The Modern Pantry | The Alphabeta Building| 14 Finsbury Square | London | EC2A 1AH



The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven


  • Angie 10th July 2017 at 8:09 am

    I love the sound of tea smoked salmon!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 12th July 2017 at 7:44 pm

      My friend really enjoyed it. So many unusual dishes on the menu.

  • Jo 11th July 2017 at 10:14 am

    Some lovely looking food here. The variation of the chicken kiev sounds delicious. Jo x

  • Jenny 11th July 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I love unusual dining, the menu sounds really adventurous and inspiring!

  • Rebecca 11th July 2017 at 9:54 pm

    My mouth is watering looking at all that amazing food! I love food like this with a combination of flavours.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 12th July 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Rebecca. Certainly makes for an interesting meal.

  • Lynne Harper 12th July 2017 at 9:18 am

    I love the idea that restaurants are now more accommodating to people’s needs. Meaning we aren’t as limited when going out compared to the past. Loving the look of the gorgeous foods on offer x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 12th July 2017 at 7:48 pm

      And hallelujah to that! It’s about time though. I used to really struggle at restaurants, not anymore. At least I have an option now, just to start making menus with option(s) now.

  • Gareth Torrance 12th July 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Oh wow! That food looks amazing! One of my best friends is vegatarian and he always struggles to find places that actually offer nice food for him.

  • Ashleigh Dougherty 12th July 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Not been here before, but looks awesome! I have a friend who only eats fish, so I’ll have to take her there 🙂

    • Sima Sthanakiya 24th July 2017 at 9:13 pm

      It’s a great place, with lots of options.

  • Jess | The Indigo Hours 13th July 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This sounds incredible, some really interesting combinations! The tea smoked salmon salad sounds gorgeous 🙂

  • Aaron (@1dish4theroad) 15th July 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Modern Pantry is one of my faves, although only really been there for brunch. I still need to get to the Finsbury Square branch too. But your review makes it very tempting! Thanks Sima!..

    • Sima Sthanakiya 24th July 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Any excuse Aaron to go out and eat. You’ll have to give Finsbury Square a whirl soon.

  • Vicky 23rd July 2017 at 3:00 pm

    What an interesting and delicious looking meal! I love the sound of the aubergine and miso cabbage rolls!

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