There’s a brand new hotel in the heart of the city of London, next to Mansion House tube station on Garlick Hill, whose decor is inspired by the wine and silk merchants that used to flourish in the area in historical times. It is part of the renowned Small Luxury Hotels of the World group and walking in to it is like stepping into an oasis of calm with its use of greenery throughout the hotel. I especially loved the decor in the reception area pictured below, which brings a sense of calm as you check in.
The hotel has a luxurious bar called the Do Not Disturb bar, which is located in the basement of the hotel, with two ways to access it. It has a speakeasy and ‘secret bar’ vibe inspired by the clandestine bars of 1920s New York, and the cocktail selection is fantastic! I tried the Martina, as it was rum based and the use of soy sauce had me intrigued! It was absolutely delicious.
We then proceeded to Vintry Kitchen for our meal that evening, which is also such a gorgeous space on the ground floor of the hotel, and one I know I will be back to dine at in due course.
With Chef Chris Golding at the helm, Vintry Kitchen is an Asian tapas brasserie style restaurant. The decor here is again very green with lots of plants lining the ceiling and a skylight bringing in natural light, which would be absolutely amazing on a bright summers day.
As it’s tapas style, there is a sharing concept, which I really enjoy as you get to try so much! We kicked off with Padron Peppers with Miso and Sesame, Tuna tartare with wasabi,soy and Oscietra caviar and Beef tartare with crispy shallots, soy egg yolk, truffle and miso.
Then came the incredible Bao buns, which not only tasted good, looked amazing too!
We tried Tempura shitake and tomato miso and an exclusive bun that is off the menu, Cod Cheek with Wasabi and tarragon mayonnaise.
My favourite dish from the evening were the Sando’s without a doubt and I want to go work from Vintry Kitchen one day just so that I can indulge in these for lunch. Trust me – if there is one thing you HAVE to order it is these!
There is a choice of either Wagyu katsu (120g) with Tonkatsu sauce, mustard and white cabbage or Tempura mushroom with wasabi and kohlrabi coleslaw as a vegetarian option.
We then had a great selection of small plates to try which included 6 Queen scallops with yuzu butter & chives, Teriyaki Sea Trout with pink quinoa, pomegranate and cucumber, Sweet and spicy fried peanut chicken with pickled daikon, Berkshire pork cutlet with apple tonkatsu, Sweet glazed miso aubergine, which was another crowd pleasing dish, and Baked mushrooms with ginger, garlic and soy.
We were so full at this point but we persevered especially when the presentation of the desserts that arrived was outstanding!
The winning dessert for me that evening was the Lychee and sake koi fish. Not only was it epic in presentation, it was incredible in texture and taste too! How realistic do these fish look?
A close second was the Vietnamese espresso mousse followed by the Matcha green tea Opera cake which comes with a refreshing berry sorbet.
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Vintry Kitchen with such interesting flavours and textures and I would definitely recommend it as somewhere new to try, alongside either a pre-dinner or post-dinner drink at the DND Bar.
PS – they also have an incredible rooftop bar with amazing views so keep that in mind for the glorious summer days!
Vintry and Mercer is located at 19-20 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AU