We love exploring London – it’s hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs and if we’re lucky, every now and then, we find somewhere that we just want to shout from the rooftops all about – a hidden gem! And that is exactly what we found on our last visit.
A contemporary converted Victorian warehouse, just minutes away from Farringdon Station and perfectly situated between East London and the West End is The Zetter in Clerkenwell.
The restaurant has a modern vibe, with contemporary and retro hues. The vast wooden bar spans most of the dining area and the modernistic retro décor creates a relaxed atmosphere.
One of the big focuses at The Zetter is the wine. They serve wine on tap (two reds and two whites). Wine is stored in a high- tech bag housed in a keg that mimics winery conditions, savings are made on packaging that are instead spent on better wine. We tried the Spanish 2015 Albarino, Rego do Sol from Rias Baixas which was crisp and floral with ripe peach and citrus aromas and the Italian Friulano 2015, Vini Stocco, dry, aromatic and spicy with a creamy fresh pear finish – Both were served in their own individual mini cravats and were the perfect accompaniment to the olives, fresh bread and salted butter that began our fabulous dining experience.
I use the word fabulous, because I have to say apart from the finest finest fine dining I haven’t tasted food so utterly divinely delicious as here at The Zetter.
First to tease our tastebuds was the salad of artichokes, crispy hens egg, pickled mushrooms, cured ham and organic leaves, presented perfectly with the egg taking centre stage on the artichokes and leaves, and mushrooms dotted around, it’s all very well looking like a piece of art, but it’s really the taste that matters and it certainly got top marks for that – herby, fresh, and full of flavour. The smoked salmon, dill, and rye was another piece of art and just as tasty, the chunky cubes of salmon were so fresh and delicious.
Before the mains came we were treated to the pea and broad bean risotto – A vibrant green in colour with chunks of sheep’s curd and shavings of black truffle. The sheep’s curd melted into the risotto making each mouthful so tasty I nearly forgot I still had a main.
Pan roasted Cornish cod, on a bed of seaweed crushed potatoes, and creamed mussels with sea herbs was a dish that brought all the flavours of the sea together. The cod fell apart into delicate flakes and the creamy mussel sauce amalgamated together with the seaweed potatoes to create a real culinary masterpiece.
And when in The Zetter, at least one of us needed to try The Zetter burger with it’s triple cooked chips and onion rings – Seasoned to bring out all the meaty flavours of the burger with a bun that was light and not heavy and chips that were super crisp (it’s very easy to go wrong with triple cooked chips).
The staff here are friendly and attentive without being overbearing, allowing just enough time before offering us dessert and coffee.
We finished our meal with the lemon posset, made from Amalfi lemons, topped with blueberry compote, and crossed with two warm vanilla beignets (warm doughnut sticks). The posset was creamy and light and the beignets literally melted in the mouth.
And as for the prices, starters start from £5 and mains from £14 which means they shouldn’t be out of anyone’s budget.
The standards at The Zetter are first class from the wines to the food to the service and with it being only three stops on the circle line from St Pancras International, there’s no excuse for not stopping by – You’ll be glad you did!