If you’re working or sightseeing around St Paul’s and looking for a quality meal, you’re in luck. The newly opened Hush Brasserie is an excellent option, maybe even your best choice minus any fine dining establishments in the area.
I’ll keep this review to the point, so you can spend less time online and more time enjoying your meal. I was really impressed with my experience at Hush and honestly cannot think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this place to.
An amazing mega-burger (with mini Caesar salad, £10.95; topped with BBQ pulled pork for an extra £2.45) considered the best in town by the Evening Standard pleased my greedy palate. To be sure, I went with the added pulled pork option and suggest that you do too. A wine list with all quaffs available by the glass was a nice touch. Indeed a glass of 2010 14 Hands’ “Hot to Trot” Merlot/Cabernet/Syrah blend from Washington state (£8.75 for a glass, £34.95 for a bottle) proved a perfectly punchy pairing with my burger). Seating was plush (get a cushy booth if ya can). Other highlights: green pea soup with Welsh rarebit crouton (£4.95); fantastic frites (£3.50); refreshing blood orange sorbet (£4.50).
Everything was nice and hassle free.
Only caveat, I was there on a Saturday for an early lunch. My girlfriend and I virtually had the place to ourselves. Service was especially receptive and efficient, but there wasn’t anyone else that the staff needed to look after. My guess is that lunch during the week is a different story as I can see such a well situated and comfortable venue getting packed. So, it might be worth your while to make a rez if you’re planning a visit during the week? The place is definitely worth keeping in mind if you’re in the area on the weekend and want lots of brunchy yum without any the fuss! Other noteworthy stuff to mention: they’ve got complimentary coffee, papers and WiFi along with “brown bag” lunch specials and a delicious looking breakfast menu.
Yep, this is a brasserie version of Jamie Barber’s much adored (and with good reason) destination dining establishment in Mayfair. There’s another one of these brasseries in Holborn as well. I guess the main difference between the original Hush and these new ones is that the brasseries are more high street-y. That’s not a bad thing, really, if you’re simply hoping to have a decent meal at a value-for-money price. Based on my visit, I’d say the Hush brand is anything but diminished by these satellite outlets while the high street (running through St Paul’s and Holborn anyway) are now a little tastier.
Hush Brasseries St Paul’s is located at 1 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7AA. Find out more at hushbrasseries.com.