Having taken my husband for dinner at Searcys at the Gherkinclean eating in London last year, I was looking forward to my next visit. When the email about the Saint vs Sinner month-long pop-up with Clean Eating Alice arrived in my inbox, I knew who to take. My sister Katy embarked on a tough exercise regime last year, fuelled by clean-eating dishes inspired by Instagrammers such as Alice Liveing, of Clean Eating Alice fame. Did I mention this month-long pop-up happened to coincide with my birthday too?
Arrival at The Gherkin
Arriving at The Gherkin on a weekend was simple and easy to find without the weekday crowds. As is custom with the London Skyscrapers, our bags went through security and we were on our way to the 39th floor – with a lift change at the 34th floor.
Apologies to Barry Tonks, the head chef at Searcys at the Gherkin, but Katy and I were always going to choose the Saint menu (and probably swap dishes halfway through).
What was a delight, was seeing organic, low-sulphite wine on the Saint menu. Both Katy and I have a sulphite intolerance so drinking wine from a restaurant has become a thing of the past. Until now. Thank you Searcys. Thank you.
I couldn’t help but pick the Super-seeded loaf with smoked salmon, whilst Katy opted for the roasted aubergine. We swapped dishes halfway through, where Katy admitted she’d tried to make the super-seeded loaf using the recipe from Clean Eating Alice’s new cookbook without success. The loaf with the salmon was delicious – I definitely want to try making that at home. It was definitely my favourite.
Both of us are Pescatarian, so we opted for the spiced cod and the turmeric-roasted cauliflower. The cod was a little undercooked for my liking, but the cauliflower was divine. It makes me want to go out and buy her cookbook.
We both had our eyes on the Cocoa and chia seed balls with ice-cream, so I ordered the French toast with maple syrup and we agreed to switch. French toast with maple syrup is something I’d expect at breakfast. It’s an interesting choice for dessert but I think I’d rather have it with my morning coffee. Although I would happily have a bowl of the Greek yoghurt ice cream.
The Cocoa and chia seed balls came as a sundae with ice cream. I love these little energy balls, but normally as a mid-morning snack – never as a dessert! It was an interesting combination and not one I think I’d repeat.
The location and views were superb. You can’t fault the service at Searcys. Seeing the low sulphite wine on the menu was an added bonus that gives extra points. Please Searcys, keep this on the menu. The food choices were sublime, but dessert really let it down. Maybe there aren’t enough dessert choices in the Clean Eating Alice cookbook. Personally, it would have been nice to see a bit more fruit on my plate – isn’t that what clean eating is all about?!