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47-48 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ (020 7250 0833/ www.themodernpantry.co.uk).
This is no ordinary takeaway. Anna Hansen and her team are keen to bring the restaurant experience to Clerkenwell homes, and as such, most of the dishes on the Modern Pantry’s restaurant menu can be packed up and delivered within the local area (about a 2-3 mile radius), at restaurant prices. Hansen’s exciting, frequently changing menu of genre-bending dishes might include such as miso-marinated onglet (beef) steak and cassava chips, or orange and five-spice-cured duck breast with a smoked anchovy tart. Even the signature sugar-cured prawn omelette is available, though of course it will taste better fresh from the pan in the restaurant. Still, there is much to choose from, and the colourful flavour combinations of the salads, pies, pizzas and sweet treats are also found in the Pantry (around the side from the main café and restaurant) where food can be swiftly packed up into boxes for takeaway, too. If you’re not fortunate enough to live within the delivery area, you can call ahead then collect your food to go – but allow at least 30 minutes for the order to be prepared.