I recently started a new job, which is very exciting. I now work at a Fashion company Farfetch who offer international fashion from over 300 boutiques around the world! In my second week it happened to be the birthday of one of my new team mates and so we decamped for a lovely birthday team meal out.
The selected location was The Anthologist, a bar and restaurant offering seasonal all day menu, vintages from across the globe, skinny cocktails, a deli with a mixology table with an assortment of spaces from high stools at long bench-like tables to more usual dining spaces as well as amazing looking private nooks for more formal dining.
The Anthologist focuses on fresh, British produce in delicious, seasonal & beautifully presented dishes. The menu is very flexible, offering everything from a quick pastry and coffee to go to a full evening dining experience. There is an all-day menu available which has been put together by Executive Chef Robert Mitchell which is inspired by the latest foodie trends from around the world.
So what did I try? First we ordered drinks and I went for the homemade raspberry lemonade which certainly looked splendid when served in a tall glass with a sprig of fresh mint and a straw. I love a good homemade lemonade and this one didn’t disappoint, it was a little on the sharp side but I think this worked really well as some lemonades tend to be too sweet.
For my meal I went for the halloumi burger served with hummus, red pepper and flat mushroom, with chips on the side. The burger certainly looked impressive, stacked high with layers of mushroom, cheese and vegetables. I was surprised to see a layer of lentils on the bottom, something I have never had in a burger before! I loved the addition of the gherkin – funnily enough I used to really hate them, but my tastes have evolved since I was younger and I now really enjoy a gherkin with a burger.
I really enjoyed the nicely toasted bun, the salty flavour of the halloumi and the great texture of the hummus. I loved the dinky little flower pot in which my chips were served. In all honesty I could take or leave the lentils and I feel like they could have been a little more generous with the amount of halloumi included in the burger.
Overall I enjoyed the experience of Lunch at the Anthologist, the interior and atmosphere was very positive and the drink and food was delicious. I am happy to award the Anthologist 4 out of 5 stars and will certainly consider visiting again.