April 22

Aviary: without a doubt one of London’s finest rooftop restaurants

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Elegant rooftop bar and terrace restaurant offering a spectacular view of the London city skyline. 

Location: Moorgate, City of London

Price: £160 between three people - 1 snack, 5 small plates, 1 large plate, 1 dessert and 6 cocktails (Terrace menu for outdoor dining)

Cuisine: British

Contact: www.aviarylondon.com | @aviaryldn


REVIEW

After what seemed like a lifetime, London has emerged out of lockdown. The Aviary is one of the many restaurants with outdoor dining finally allowed to re-open their doors from April 12th until all restaurants are allowed to open again in mid-May.

Located on the 10th floor of The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, The Aviary is famous for its breathtaking view over Finsbury Square and the skyscrapers of London City.

Aviary
Aviary

PRIVATE IGLOO DINING

COVID restrictions are still in effect so only the private igloo's are currently available for booking here, which to be perfectly honest, suited me down to the ground. The igloo's are beautifully decorated, cosy, spacious, warm and very well lit. Luckily our waiter gave us the igloo right next to the outside seating area so we were treated to the most amazing view of Finsbury Square.


Due to The Aviary only offering alfresco dining at the moment, they've curated a new terrace menu for the igloos (with a few new dishes). Although there aren't nearly as many options on this menu, it's still a well-crafted selection of dishes and manages to cover all bases. My friends and I ordered various small dishes so that we could share the food between us.


THE FOOD

I wasn't too sure what to expect in regards to the food but I was pleasantly surprised. The Chicken Yakatori (served with teriyaki glaze) was flavoursome and succulent. The sesame and soy dressing heavily complimented the flavour of the Vegetable Gyoza which I really loved. Although I would've preferred it if the hummus and grilled pitta was served to us warm, I still enjoyed it. The hummus had whole chickpeas in there which I thought added a nice crunch and texture to the dish.

Aviary
Aviary

THE SHOW STOPPER

My personal highlight of the entire meal was the Chocolate Delice served with peanut brittle, chocolate soil and raspberry sorbet. This peanut brittle and chocolate were both rich but not overbearingly sweet. On the first spoonful, the raspberry sorbet seemed a little sour until I was suddenly hit with a rush of sweetness straight afterwards. The flavours combined of the brittle, chocolate and sorbet created the perfect balance of fruity, sweet and tangy. I don't have a huge sweet tooth but believe me when I say I will remember that dessert for the foreseeable future.

Aviary

Only two dishes weren't to my liking. The Salt and Pepper Squid wasn't crispy enough and was accompanied by a slightly disappointing sriracha mayonnaise (this might just be a sign that I should stop ordering calamari when I go out). I can't say I was too fond of Grilled shell-on Atlantic red prawns either. Seafood is usually a bit of me but the flavour just wasn't all the way there for me with this dish.

OVERALL

Despite those two dishes, I can without a doubt say that The Aviary was the perfect choice for my first restaurant outing after lockdown. My entire experience here was amazing. Aside from the food, everything from the atmosphere to the service and the view far exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be going back to try their brunch as soon as they expand their menu once again next month.

MUST TRY

Chicken Yakatori

Vegetable Gyoza

Chocolate Delice

Flaming Riff Cocktail

Mr Beak Cocktail

MY RATINGS

Food: 4.5/5

Cocktails: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Ambience: 5/5

Location: 5/5

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Tags

Alfresco Dining, Cocktails, Fine Dining, Personal Favourites, Private Igloo


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