[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s a place in the City that promises a 3 course lunch meal, served in 30 minutes or else your meal is free. My local Dominos can’t even deliver that promise, so thanks to Zomato, I grabbed my friend Alexis and found myself getting lost in the City to taste their lunch menu. As in actually lost; I walked up and down Moorgate before realising that down a passageway, within this grand looking building, is One Moorgate Place restaurant.
You can find it on the lower ground floor once you step through the foyer of The Institute of Chartered Accountants.
…down the stairway with the portraits of ummm important accountants gone by? At this point, it felt very George Banks/Mary Poppins like staring at their faces. Just as you think you’ve gotten lost again, there it is! The doors to the restaurant. It was fairly quiet after the lunch time rush, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves minus a a couple of lunch meetings that were happening around us.
We both had the 3 course meal for £19 per person- and were offered Prosecco on arrival- ohwhynot…we ordered our Starters and Mains, and it arrived a few minutes later. So far, so speedy!
I had the smoked trout pate- it was light and refreshing, and I especially liked the tangy cucumber and dressing that came with it.
Alexis had the scotch egg; it looked too pretty to eat! Then our main meals arrived…
Roasted duck leg on a bed of peas and bacon for Lex, and a fillet of pollock with mussels for me. The sauce was creamy and complimented the seafood perfectly without overwhelming the fish.
Still well within 30 minutes, we ordered dessert!
We shared the sticky toffee pudding- one of my most favourite desserts ever, when is it ever a wrong option? The other dessert was a rhubarb crumble with custard ice cream; it was a nice balance of sweet and sour and there’s something really comforting about having a fruity crumble for pudding. There was a good balance of fruit versus crumble, which is important to me!
As promised, our meal was served within the 30 minute window! Our dishes tasted freshly cooked and not like they had been sitting in a warm oven ready to go. If you don’t fancy dessert, you can have the £16 menu for a starter and main only. Whilst £16-19 just for lunch seems a little extravagant, it makes a perfect affordable treat, and the food is lovely considering the low price. I would expect to get something like this for double the cost!
We took our time ending our lunch over tea and coffee and weren’t felt to be rushed out- it was just nice and leisurely! Word of warning- there is no wifi or phone signal down here- so unless you truly want an undisturbed lunch, you can’t go wrong with this place!
The menu is seasonal, so whilst I had the pollock and trout to feast on now, it’ll change up soon.
One Moorgate Place
1 Moorgate Place,
City of London,
Call ahead to book a table!