The Benugo chain is certainly versatile. From humble beginnings as a sandwich bar, they now pop up in many other prime locations; their Bar and Kitchen at the BFI is possibly the most enjoyable place to eat on the South Bank, and their Ashmolean Dining Room is one of the best places to eat in Oxford. This edge-of-City café-bar is – like their other brasseries – mid-market, fun and affordable.
A glass box the size of a Portakabin has been built onto the front of the Bishopsgate Institute to create this light-filled space. It’s all a bit funky: primary-coloured Dualit toasters, potted herbs on the tables, rustic tables made of reclaimed wood. A large, refectory-style central shared table helps keep the feel casual, along with feel-good music on the low-key sound system.
The menu’s very straightforward. Porridge, bacon sarnies and fry-ups from 8am; assemblies of cheese and cured meats,for lunch and dinner – plus a few cooked dishes. Ratatouille topped with poached eggs, toasted sourdough and a grating of manchego cheese was a winner of a dish. The component vegetables of the stew were sautéed separately, then the sauce was added prior to serving to keep the textures firm.
Chef Lisa McCourt admits to being a chocolate fanatic, and her version of the classic chocolate torte was denser than a black hole. By not baking it, but mixing the cream and chocolate at room temperature, she tips the intensity of the chocolate flavour over the event horizon.
Coffee comes from a La Marzocco espresso machine, deftly handled by the chummy staff. If you’re after booze, there are wines by the glass, carafe or bottle, plus a few bottled beers. Outside of peak hours, it’s still blissfully calm.
|Venue name:||Bishopsgate Kitchen||Contact:|
4 Brushfield St
|Opening hours:||Open 8am-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool St tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with wine and service: around £45|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
This is without doubt, the best breakfast in London. The full english served in an iron pan on a wooden board is fantastic with everything perfectly cooked and not in any way greasy. Service is friendly and efficient but it can be hard to get in on a weekend. I've not tried any other meals but keep going back for breakfast.
SHORT VERSION: Well, this place is awful and I would recommend you walk right on by. Service: 1 The great host that greeted me and took order, a guy that was friendly and fast, seemed to disappear and leave two amateurs on the floor. He left two women who walked around and chatted to the two guys who were hitting on them while ignoring everyone else. After a half hour of trying to use their butter knife to cut the overlooked steak, one of the servers finally brought me a steak knife. After ignoring me for the hour I was eating, a different server, the one that was chatting it up with the likely married but ringless diner, came over to ask me if I wanted anything else. Get this: the kitchen was closed by then so if I wanted either of the hot desserts I was plum out of luck. First of all, the fact that the restaurant's posted closing hour is 10pm and they close the kitchen at exactly 10pm is pretty pathetic. That basically means they should stop accepting patrons at 930 pm latest. Second, if chatty Cathy had actually come over during my meal perhaps she could have gathered my dessert order BEFORE the kitchen closed. Food: 1 My meal consisted of quite possibly the worst steak I've had in a year. I've had better steaks at Disney World and strip mall food courts. Absolutely no flavor and if this is medium, well done must resemble a charcoal briquette. Incredibly bland food. Even the bread was just ok. Decor: 2 A nice space except whereas I typically enjoy seeing the kitchen, seeing the cook open a container of uncooked food and smell it was less than appealing. One of the cooks approached what looked like a more senior guy and appeared to suspect something was off. The other guy smelled it, looked at it, and smelled again. I was sick wondering if he concluded it was "acceptable". Value: 2 Really bad food at moderately expensive prices. Fail. Overall: 1 I suspect this is the type of place that gets clientele who don't feel like walking farther than across the street RBS. There are WAY too many restaurants in London to waste time or money on a place like this. In Chicago, this would be one of those places I would predict would be out of business soon. Not sure if here in London a crappy restaurant can survive due simply to convenience of location. Maybe so! I was looking for my first failure of a restaurant in London and, alas, I've found it. Not only do I not recommend this place, I urge you to go out of your way (which really is only about 4 blocks toward Spitalfields) to find a decent meal. Do not go to Bishopsgate Kitchen. It should be closed. Note: while waiting for my bill, I overheard another guest tell the server he ordered lamb and got tuna. She laughed and he laughed. Interesting. I wouldn't actually find that funny. AVOID THIS PLACE.
I am a regular visitor to the Bishopsgate kitchen and I have experienced nothing but great service and quality food. I find this intimate and friendly restaurant is the perfect place to have a working breakfast before heading to the office. It’s menu is dynamic and the staff unobtrusive. I am surprised and shocked by the previous review’s comments and find it highly out of key with what is becoming a regular meeting place for me and my colleagues. Highly recommended!