The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell, London

It doesn’t look it at first instance but the Modern Pantry lives up its “modern” moniker. It offers an inventive menu with worldly flavours and contrasting influences. However, I didn’t quite enjoy my experience at The Modern Pantry as much as I was expecting. That’s not to say it was an unpleasant one. The very interesting menu didn’t deliver the wow in the food, and the service was rather slow. I booked in for a weekday dinner catchup, and The Modern Panty is in a nice spot in a quieter part of Clerkenwell. The space is light and airy, perfect for brunch (and that’s where they may shine). The evening menu is seasonal and ever-evolving. I had a sort of vegetarian quinoa risotto with silverbeet, vegetables and a fried shell. It sounded fine on paper, but seems a little wacky in retrospect. It’s a fusion that ended up feeling like it had muddied flavours, without any single element being memorable. Service was warm and friendly over our time but there was a delay between starter and main that mildly irked. It’s a nice, relaxed setting at The Modern Pantry but I wouldn’t mind the fusion flavours calming down a bit.

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6.5/10

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