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A slick rooftop bar and restaurant from the ETM Group.
Rooftop bar alert! Aviary is a bar-restaurant with a roomy open-air terrace at Finsbury Square’s Montcalm Hotel. Perched ten floors up, it’s got a killer panoramic view, and is already hugely popular with the post-work crowd. Colleagues cuddle up on modernist furniture under blankets and heaters, and work their way through spritzes and champagne cocktails way past sunset.
The indoor restaurant features out-there geometric-patterned furniture, jungle leaves jutting from light fittings and a menu that screams ‘elevated gastropub’. This included a well-seasoned flat-iron steak with thrice-cooked chips – plus ‘Hodson’s sauce’, a peculiar Marmite-infused béarnaise – and a City-sized burger. Starters and desserts were more creative: think crispy duck noodle salad with a soft-poached duck egg on top and an arctic roll designed to taste just like After Eights. Which actually really does work.
Table-turning was about as subtle as the decor, though. We waited for large chunks of time to be served on a busy evening and, as such, ran over our allotted two-hour slot. Our forks had barely met the plate when a bill was presented, and immediately after paying we were told that the table was needed back promptly. We get it guys, this rooftop brings all the boys to the yard.
10th Floor 22-25 Finsbury Square
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £130.|
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