A Brit, a Yank and a Kitchen

Tuesday, February 12

St. John Resaurant, London

Well after watching Anthony Bourdain last night in London, I figured its about time I should share our own venture to this famous (but seemingly well kept secret) restaurant!

I have to say this was one of the main things I was looking forward to for our honeymoon... sad isn't it?? Our whole schedule was sent into chaos due to our canceled flight, and we were unable to rebook our reservations at St John. But we were determined, and simply showed up for lunch one day. Lucky for us, there were a handful (like... TWO) tables open in the bar area.

Although this meant we were limited as far as selection, I was happy to see the main thing I was there for, Marrow Bones, was on the Bar menu.

Besides, we were there for lunch anyways, and had not long before finished off a HUGE English breakfast complete with goose eggs, REAL British bacon, and black pudding. So we weren't starving by any stretch of the imagination.

Let me just say how excited I was to be there. I have Fergus Henderson's book.. and have tried cooking many of his recipes, including the marrowbones. You can see my attempt here.

The interior was very unpretentious, with an open prep-kitchen... its so comforting seeing fresh veg being peeled and readied right there in front of you.

At one point a waiter rushed by with a whole roast suckling pig... and I squirmed in envy!
The next time we go... we're inviting a group... including you foodies in the London area I know read my blog! And we're getting one of those!!

So lets get to the good part! What we had!!!!

Like I said, I had the marrow bones.... and of course they were TO DIE FOR. I can understand why this is Bourdain's declared death row meal.

A generous amount of silky smooth roast beef bones, served with home-made bread, a parsley and caper salad, and a bit of grey sea salt to season to your own taste. It was just wonderful. And the staff was incredibly friendly even to this gushing American.. and he patiently showed me the "proper way" to eat it.... even though I already knew how... I just wanted to bask in the experience a little longer. :)

Being the Brit Dave is, he went with a classic Welsh Rarebit. You can tell by looking at this the quality of cheese, and bread that love and care was put into such a simple dish, known by so many names all around the world.

Next time, we plan to book way in advance, with a back-up booking as well just in case of a flight fiasco again! ;-)

I will easily say, even though I've only had this one simple dish there.... it is my favorite restaurant in the world. =) If something as simple as Welsh Rarebit and Marrow Bones can be so spectacular, one can only imagine what the rest of their dishes are like.


Blogger The Glitterati said...

Oh my, that all looks SO. GOOD. I wish we had more Nose-to-Tail restaurants like this!

But what IS the proper way to eat marrow? It looks like you've scooped out the yumminess inside and spread it on toast... but it looks so much paler on the toast than it does in the bone? What's the texture like? (I've had plenty of tendon, but no marrow, and that picture is making me drool!) Thanks for sharing!

7:31 PM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Oh goodness I so want some of that Marrow...YUM!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Lea said...


Its like meat butter. Simply the only way I can describe it! The outside of the bone does look darker as it cursts over a bit on the open ends, but inside the marrow turns to this creamy bit of heaven. =)

11:38 AM  
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