Did I mention the salted caramel ice cream?
Sumptuous in its setting, dining and drinking, Berners Tavern is one affair I can happily throw away the piggy bank for, and settle down for not one course, not two at a stretch, but three all-out courses, without a moment’s hesitation. And all for the salted caramel ice cream.
First let me mention the decor.
Berners Tavern, under the direction of the Michelin-starred Jason Atherton, features elegant British dishes. It’s easy to see why it won Elle’s Decoration Award last year for Best British Interior. Just think of the old clichés: chandeliers, framed artworks covering the walls to its last inch, high ceilings, lavish booths, and a bar that decks a wall from ceiling to floor. And then imagine it better, bolder and more beautiful than the cliché.
But back to the food.
The pumpkin risotto starter, with quail egg, ham hock and kale crisps, was surprisingly light and the perfect taster to start our meal. The smokiness of the ham was a perfect balance, without overpowering. Our mains were equally as delicious, each guest enviously eyeing up the other’s choice.
But it’s that dessert, the apple caramel éclair, with salted caramel ice cream, not forgetting the Calvados cream, that was the refined end to our feast.
Once my piggy bank is topped up and I return, it will be for that.
Dinner, including three courses and two cocktails is roughly £60 each.
Berners Tavern | 10 Berners St, London, W1T 3LF