Openings: The Modern Pantry
Anna Hansen and head chef Rob Mcleary have opened the Modern Pantry on Finsbury Square in London. This is the second venture for chef-patron Anna Hansen, who opened the Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell in 2008.
The new venue is housed in the Alphabeta building and features a 20-seater solid oak bar serving Hansen's globally inspired tapas alongside a range of sherry-based cocktails and classic liveners.
For parties and large groups there is a private dining room separated by a tall, deep-blue frame with moveable panels, which overlooks a communal dining table seating up to 28 guests. The design of the restaurant takes its cue from Hansen's family roots in Denmark by way of New Zealand.
Opened 11 September
Chef-patron Anna Hansen
Head chef Rob Mcleary
Head barman Nabil Mehdinejad
Typical dishes Smoked cassava and fenugreek croquettes, quince aïoli; grilled amchur and fenugreek lamb cutlet, nettle and pistachio pesto; seared diver-caught scallop, burnt shallot purée, ponzu butter, caramelised shallot-dusted wild rice