Anglo is somewhere I visited a while ago and I keep thinking about going back. Seriously, this place is fantastic.
It’s still pretty new and I had no idea what to expect until I got there. I am indebted to Grace Dent for the review which led us to visit as this place became a pretty instant favourite.
Anglo isn’t in the most beautiful of settings. The backstreets around London’s Hatton Garden are pretty jarring on the eye, kind of inexpensive 1960s concrete chic. Once, you’re inside however, all is well with simple décor and especially good lampshades!
The seven-course tasting menu offered up an extensive range of simple English food with all the right twists in all the right places. Highlights were the scallop tartare, some beautiful asparagus and the Hereford Beef – worth paying the extra for some shaved truffle on top.
For drinks, opt for the wine matching selection. I really liked the innovation of matching wines with the first few courses before moving on to cider, stout and beer towards the end of the menu. The other highlight for me was a German Riesling and then a Muscadet which was matched beautifully with a piece of cooked-to-perfection cod.
Each course was delivered with a simple explanation of what it was, no over the top description. The simplicity matched the surroundings which served to put the food at centre stage. That’s precisely where it deserved to be.
Mark Jarvis is the man behind Anglo, he and the restaurant deserve to do very well indeed. He’s a man with an impressive pedigree, including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, which shines through in everything the restaurant does. I love the emphasis on “the elegance of fine dining with none of the pretention.” Go to Ango for supper and go there soon!