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Prism (CLOSED)

  • Restaurants
  • City of London

Time Out Says

Part of the Harvey Nichols family, Prism occupies the former Bank of New York building on Leadenhall Street. The restaurant is housed in the grand, neo-classical banking hall, complete with pillars, high ceilings and stucco. On one side, near the long bar, is an informal area with red sofas; the rest of the space has tables. Unfortunately, when the place is (almost) empty, as it was on our visit, diners are dwarfed and conviviality is almost impossible – though staff assured us that lunches and winter evenings are busier.

Confident cooking, with good ingredients combined with flair and originality, marked our meal. From the (very good-value) set menu, a cube of luxurious, dense duck confit was topped with gorgeously flavoured green beans wrapped in pancetta. On the side was a little dollop of sweet apple sauce. Equally good was a simple starter of melt-in-the-mouth, just-cooked trout, served with samphire. A main of roast chicken came with a flavoursome jus, and was beautifully presented with a circle of vivid peas and green broad beans. And a pudding of mini churros with a small cup of chocolate sauce made for a lighthearted, wickedly indulgent end to the meal.

Staff were friendly and competent – doing their bit to inject some vitality into a cavernous space. The bar in the vaults below is a cosier spot, with a less expensive menu.


147 Leadenhall Street
Tube: Bank tube/DLR
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