I spent a long time searching for the perfect place to take my best friend for a belated birthday meal. After Googling ‘London restaurants with a view’ Sky Garden popped up. It markets itself as ‘uniquely different, the exclusive setting of London’s highest public garden offering outstanding views’ and I completely agree.
There are two restaurants inside; Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill. After having difficulties booking Fenchurch I opted for a 7.15 sitting at Darwin Brasserie for the four of us – us two and our partners.
We arrived on a rainy Saturday evening and after going through the airport-like security (think bag and body scans) we made our way up to the 36th floor in the lift. As you step out of the lift and into the vast bar area you’re immediately greeted by London’s skyline, lit up and still beautiful despite the weather. Through the garden and up the steps to Darwin Brasserie we went.
The restaurant is essentially a glass cube which is perfect as you can still enjoy the view over dinner. Perhaps not so great if you suffer from vertigo. The four of us ordered bread, olives and a bottle of Moet to start (we were celebrating after all).
After browsing the menu we went for:
1. Shellfish Linguine in white wine, garlic, chilli & parsley
2. “RHUBARB’S” Handmade beef burger from Goodwood Estate with club sauce & dill pickles in a toasted brioche bun with house slaw & a basket of chips
3. Chargrilled Scottish 8oz ribeye steak hand cut chips, roasted tomato, watercress & béarnaise
4. Braised ox cheeks creamed potato & roasted roots
And then for the main event – dessert. All four of us chose the chocolate pave that came topped with gold leaf and accompanied by banana and toffee ice cream. This dessert was to die for. The highlight of the meal.
Unfortunately I didn’t stop for long enough to take pictures of our food but after waddling out the restaurant I managed to get a couple of the view which totally don’t do it justice. And here they are:
To end the evening and drink in the view we went for cocktails in the bar downstairs. The cocktails were all lovingly made and the bar had a nice buzzy atmosphere, perfect for post-dinner drinks.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a view then Darwin Brasserie is your place.