set in the lovely and leafy area of clerkenwell, you wouldn't think you were just a tube stop away from king's cross upon walking up to the modern pantry. the beautiful brickwork, flower boxes and pastel paintwork instantly had me captivated. i was hungry, verging on hangry, and i had a busy train to catch in an hour, but just for a little while i was calmed by the friendly tables and chairs, quaint rows of pastries and subtle scent of coffee swirling through the air.
every table had a little sketched item of kitchen or tableware, like it had jumped right out of a lewis carroll book. we had an elegant teaspoon, which i admit doesn't have any reflection on the food but i was won over all the same. the same has to be said for the green teacups and saucers, which happened to be my favourite colour.
with our order taken whilst we waited outside, it wasn't long at all before we were welcomed to a table for two with our drinks sitting there waiting for us. a classic breakfast tea for my companion grace and a matcha green tea latte for me. it goes without saying that you need to like matcha to enjoy this drink. however if you do, you will. love it.
a japanese inspired dish with the choice of yuzu fruit instead of lemon in the hollandaise to go with the tea smoked salmon, i couldn't wait to see how the combination fared. i was very impressed. poached egg just the right side of gooey, encased in a gleaming, velvety coating of hollandaise, crunchy bread and premium salmon.
i would wholeheartedly recommend the modern pantry to anyone who has time to spare over a cuppa whilst waiting for a train. after a foodie weekend of camino, feast festival and sticks n sushi, this was the perfect sunday breakfast ending before back to work monday morning.
have you been to the modern pantry? where are your favourite places for brunch and breakfast in london?
the modern pantry
47-48 st johns square
nearest tube station: farringdon.
note: we paid for our meals and all opinions are honest and my own.