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MBER

Restaurants, Fusion City of London
3 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Slick Square Mile spot doing fusion cuisine.

A short walk from Monument station is this trendy basement hangout: a low-lit, vaguely opulent space filled with the steady thump of house music. Home to City workers during the week, and Essex out-of-towners at the weekend.

The menu pairs European and East Asian flavours with the usual mixed successes of fusion cuisine. The flavours in chorizo and prawn sui mai were too overpowering for dumplings; duck confit didn’t quite knit with its orange and beetroot salad. Kangaroo wellington had to be tried for obvious reasons – but while the pastry was crisp and on-point, marsupial meat turns out to be far too chewy a choice for such a pristine dish. If the deliciously fatty, fiery beef cheek rendang is anything to go by, it’s the curries that you should gravitate towards. They do some nifty speciality cocktails too: a negroni-ish Kitsune was fantastically bitter.

It makes for a versatile spot too, if mainly for local professionals. You can eat a decent after-work meal here, or pick at a few small plates at lunchtime if you don’t want to fall into a food coma back at the office. Oh, and take note of the whisky bar: it’s not a bad first-date spot.

By: Matt Breen

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Address: 1a Pudding Lane
London
EC3R 8AB
Transport: Tube: Monument
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Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Very lovely venue, good for business private dining! Food is amazing! Highly recommended! 

tastemaker

Headed up by chef Jonathan Villar who's Fantastic fusion menu of eastern inspired dishes with a western flair. This place has potential to be a top notch diner, sadly it is let down by the lack of training and shoddy customer service by some of the team. The evening started really badly with a 40 min wait before we we're severed our amuse Bouche - by that point let's just say one was not amused, thankfully it was beautiful and tasted great. This was quickly followed by our starters comprising of a soy glazed Salmon, a creative lobster/crab martini paired with a classic Honjozo sake and the lotus root salad paired with a South African Chenin blanc The pace suddenly reversed and the remaining 3 courses felt very rushed. The goat curry with its coconut infused sauce, spicy yet sweet served with a stack jasmine rice and elegantly paired with the 2015 villa wolf Gewurtztraminer was a stand out combination. The white chocolate and jackfruit laminating was my least favourite as the delicate flavour of the jackfruit is overpowered by the intense fresh coconut, thankfully the prosecco that accompanied this dish was a pleasant surprise with its nose of caramel and just the right amount of fizz. The most decadent of all desserts is the sickly sweet peanut butter parfait, think a Reece's peanut butter cup, a explosive mix of salted caramel,Oreo crumbs, bailey and dark chocolate decile with a peanut brittle paired with a very moorish 29 grape port Quinta do Portol . Sloppy service aside, expect bold flavours, fresh sashimi, tantalising curries and decadent desserts. Sake lovers will be on for a treat. The wine pairings from a very knowledgeable sommelier John Louis Naveilhan was certainly the highlight of the evening. Definitely worth experiencing , booking highly recommended as this place does get busy.

tastemaker

I took my colleagues from France to Ember when they visited our London office; and no one got disappointed.


Ember is an Asian style tapas restaurant which opened a few months ago next to monument. The décor is pretty much chic and trendy and the food is at the same image, well presented.


As we were 6, we managed to take a lot of different dishes to try most of them. We took 2 each plus some sides and it was enough food! The food is extremely good quality and great variety. You can see and feel the research behind each dish.


I was absolutely delighted by the lobster and crabmeat martini serve in a wasabi and gin sorbet; it was fresh and really good, probably my must of the evening. We tried along with that the octopus, the prawn ceviche, the kangaroo, some curries and a few others. The octopus and the prawn ceviche are coming right next after the crab martini in my must have list!


On the side, I recommend you’ll have the Roti; the texture is a mixed between shortbread and shortcrust pastry, it is delicious! I had a lot in Malaysia and was happy to find back a good one in London. Have as well the steamed coconut and rice muffin; this is unusual but I will probably take it again when going back.


Overall, the food and the service were perfect, only bad thing, desserts are not at the same level as the dishes, so have one dish more instead; however, be careful, the bill can rise quickly!


Ember is not only a restaurant, but a trendy cocktail bar, so don’t forget to book your table to avoid disappointment!


Amazing service in combination with delicious food, supercool cocktails and great vibes. Love the attention to the details in Embers' design, the interior looks very luxurious but at the same time warm and welcoming. Been there few times already and definitely will be back!

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