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I went to St John a couple of weeks ago and really had no idea what to expect. There are a few in London, each specialising in something slightly different (one a bakery, one with lots of different wines and cheeses).
The restaurant is extremely plain, concrete walls and floor, no flashy decorating - it feels pretty cool and quirky!
When we arrived we were greeted by the host who took our bags and coats and sat us down. The staff in here were so friendly and attentive - they were on hand all night to try and ensure we had a great experience! I love going somewhere where
the staff go that extra mile to make you feel a little bit special - this is definitely one of those places.
We began our meal with the St John Welsh Rarebit - if you've never tried this before, put it to the top of your to-do list! Welsh Rarebit is essentially "posh" cheese on toast. I'm not entirely sure what makes it so amazingly tasty or how the
mixture is made, but it's delicious (and Welsh!) so that's good enough for me. You can get the St John Rarebit mixture from Ocado - it's now been added to my weekly shop.
For mains I went for the braised ox cheek and mash… Wow. This was hands down the tastiest meal I've eaten in a very long time. The ox cheek was so soft and tender, honestly cooked to absolute perfection. The mash was also incredible - it was
the creamiest mash you'll ever taste, they must have used some kind of magic potato. It was accompanied by a lovely rich sauce. Just thinking about this meal is making me super hungry.
We looked at the dessert menu and decided we were far too full to go for anything - it was pretty heartbreaking. We did take some madelines to go which went down perfectly with a coffee the next morning.
If you want to spoil yourself with some delicious food and an evening surrounded by lovely staff, you should definitely head to St. John!
PS: We later found out that it's on a list of the worlds best restaurants! Take a look at no.91: http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/51-100-winners
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