Question: what do three single Londoners do when Galentine’s Day happens to fall on Pancake Day? They celebrate with pancakes and martinis, obviously. Christopher’s Grill, Covent Garden offers the perfect place for a little upmarket luxury in the heart of London. It has the ambience and air of a decadently expensive restaurant without the price tag. The lighting is low and the quality of food high.
The food really is the main event. The A La Carte menu is pleasantly diverse without being overwhelming, which is great for picky eaters. If you’re looking for some fancy fine dining, half a lobster thermidor with a side of parmesan truffle fries will set you back £31. At this price, it’s more of a treat than an everyday expense. However, for lowkey fare a plate of rigatoni is a more affordable £16.
I recommend Christophers’s Weekend Brunch menu, available 11:30am – 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The special Pancake Day menu served incredible french toast pancakes with cinnamon dust, and topped with honeycomb ice cream and maple syrup for £12. I ordered with a side of bacon for £4, which balanced out the sweetness of the main dish.
One of our party was also vegan and they offered a dish to suit her needs too. A trio of Born-to-be-Healthy pancakes made with beetroot & sunflower seeds; rainbow chard & spirulina; pumpkin, caramelised onion & turmeric; served with coconut yoghurt, pomegranate & bee pollen. Simiarlarly, items on the brunch menu are also vegan-friendly, such as the coconut and almond milk panacotta.
Martini’s are a Christopher’s specialty. Their drinks menu is extensive, innovative and oddly witty. Low calorie options include the Earl Grey Mar-Tea-Ni. Or if your looking for something more decadent order the Karamel Apple Pie-tini. I decided upon the Nutella Martini for £11, which is comparatively simple. It’s made with only Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka, cacao liqueur, cream & Nutella. As somebody who doesn’t drink all that often, this was a great choice. It’s thick and sweet and the taste of alcohol isn’t overpowering. For those who don’t drink Christopher’s also offers some flavourful mocktails and no-jitos. One of our group was in this boat and I have been reliably informed that the Virgin Rose is to die for.
From my experience, the service was truly incredible. We’d booked a table for four at 7:30pm, however come 7:25pm we were still battling our way through Covent Garden’s crowds. Wanting to be polite, I gave the restaurant a call and they assured us that it would be no problem. They also affirmed that our table would only be available until 9 (our allotted time) even if we were late.
We arrived a scant 5 minutes late. We were greeted warmly and our coats were taken. They then asked us to confirm the size of our party. Unfortunately, although we’d booked a table for four, only three of us attended. By the time we’d ascended the enchanting spiral staircase and been greeted by the manager no less, the fourth table setting had already been cleared.
Wait staff checked upon us regularly and were nothing but professional and polite. We also noticed that during busy periods the service can slow down, so it’s best to be patient. The extra 12.5% service charge added onto the bill is well-deserved.
It’s hardly a surprise that a place such Christopher’s is thriving therefore, for special occasions, I recommend booking a table in advance.