Vintry & Mercer opened in early 2019, part of of the renowned Small Luxury Hotels group, it’s nestled on Garlick Hill in the City of London. The hotel is inspired by the rich cultural influences of the historic area where the Vintry Guild traded wines and the Mercer Guild traded in fine fabrics.
The historic trades are all referenced throughout the stylish, modern hotel from the old trading maps adorning the walls of the 92 rooms, hallways and dining spaces, the use of bespoke fabrics to the barrel-aged cocktails.
There is a distinct relaxed and calm aura to the hotel enhanced by the luxurious decor – Lush greenery in the reception to an exquisite chandelier harking back to the sister hotel in South Kensington, The Ampersand.
Hidden away is the atmospheric DnD (Do Not Disturb) Bar. The speakeasy cocktail bar takes inspiration from the underground bars of 1920s New York.
It’s definitely one not to miss, I tried one of the house cocktails Grand Sons, with Portobello gin, damson liqueur, black walnut bitters, topped with Charles Heidsieck Champagne and served with a thin slice of cake. What’s not to like here?!
Specialising in Asian Tapas, Vintry Kitchen was the final destination for the evening. Chef Chris Golding brings an all day menu bursting with fresh bold Asian flavours through a selection of small plates.
The relaxed and informal dining space on the ground floor has an urban feel, with the use of marble topped tables, leather seating and geometric tiles floors.
I’m a huge fan of the sharing plates concept or perhaps just the fact I get to try everything. We started our feast with some moorish padron peppers with miso and sesame.
The tuna tartare, with wasabi soy and Oscietra caviar along with the beef tartare, crispy shallots, soy egg yolk, truffle and miso received a huge nod from my dining partners.
The bao buns are not to be missed, the crispy tempura shiitake with tomato miso against the soft bun was a pure vegetarian delight.
And if you’re bored of your usual sandwich. Come and try the Vintry Kitchen Sando! You can sink your teeth into a Wagyu katsu (120g) covered in a Tonkatsu sauce, mustard and white cabbage.
Or feed plant based tendencies with the veggie tempura mushroom with wasabi and kohlrabi coleslaw. I can highly recommend it!
By the time we came to the small plates selections, well the dishes were neverending. Some of the stand out dishes for the table were the Queen scallops with yuzu butter and chives.
And a crispy portion of sweet and spicy fried peanut chicken with pickled daikon.
Again the vegetarian options were superb on flavour, the baked mushrooms with ginger, garlic and soy came wrapped in parchment and were perfectly flavoured.
Never have I tasted an aubergine as soft and melt in your mouth as one coated in a sweet glazed miso.
The feast continued with some impressive desserts in both the looks and taste department. Although by this stage we were all fit to burst. However, this was all forgotten when the 2019 Insta Dessert of the Year was presented to the table. I give you the lychee and sake koi fish, which as well as looking spectacular is also a vegan friendly dessert!
The Vietnamese espresso mousse was a light, fluffy cup of delight and the beautifully plated matcha green tea opera cake with berry sorbet matched its looks.
The menu is vast – my advice is come hungry. There is so much choice for a vegetarian too, which pleased me greatly. Although you’ll need to be a fan of the mushroom in all its different guises.
Vintry and Mercer is a hotel which really does have everything, there is a rooftop terrace and restaurant too, which will no doubt be graced with my presence as soon as the sun comes out!
With great transport links only a couple of minutes from Mansion House and Cannon Street. Whether you drop in for a cocktail, stay for dinner or a city break, it’s a fabulous addition to the city scene.
Vintry Kitchen | Vintry & Mercer | 19-20 Garlick Hill | London |EC4V 2AU | Website
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Vintry Kitchen and my meal was complimentary, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.
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