Continuing with the theme, new restaurants in London doing 50% off, my next mention goes out to Sardine where I enjoyed a very lovely brunch last weekend.
Sardine is situated on City Road, slap bang between Angel and Old Street, next door to the Victoria Miro gallery. It's the brainchild of former Rotorino (delicious Italian sharing plates in Haggerston) head chef Alex Jackson and you can definitely see the Mediterranean influences between both places.
The restaurant itself is beautiful with a relaxed atmosphere and strikingly colourful artwork on the otherwise white washed walls. Small wooden tables are dotted around a long, metallic sharing table slap bang in the middle of the dining room, next to the open kitchen.
Steve and I took full advantage of the 50% off offer and ordered a few different dishes. The portions sizes aren't huge so I'd definitely recommend sharing 3-4 dishes between 2 people depending on how hungry you are.
We started with the potato cakes and optional bacon. The cakes were crispy and tasty, the herby crème fraîche was a great accompanying sauce and the bacon was cooked perfectly.
The veal and pork stuffed tomato was the stand out dish for me. It was rich, flavoursome and absolutely wonderful. The buttery gravy was the perfect dip for the toast. Whilst this is a very meaty option you wouldn't want to order this on it's own as it's more of a side dish.
The fried cheese sandwich was nice but not outstanding. For £8 I'd expect something pretty special but this just didn't stand out for me especially as it wasn't that big and didn't come with anything on the side.
We finished out meal with a breakfast dessert, crepes with cherries and ice cream. This was great. A perfectly cooked crepe, sweet cherry compote and delicious vanilla ice cream. I couldn't ask for anything more.
Sardine is a lovely location for brunch with some well executed, unusual dishes. There is a definite Mediterranean vibe to the menu and the small plates makes it great for a sociable meal. I'm keen to experience the dinner menu as I think the plates will be even more impressive compared to the weekend brunch.