Test Driving Pivot Bar & Bistro – a dining room with a stellar view of London | Road test
So what do you need to know about Pivot Bar & Bistro
You may have known that Scottish chef Mark Greenaway opened a restaurant in Covent Garden in the autumn of last year. At the time of its opening, it occupied the first floor of 3 rue Henrietta, a building which also housed a café, a tea room and a tiki bar. At launch, it only offered a tasting menu, but this summer, how can I put it? – pivoted into an all-day bistro, also taking over the ground floor space that was previously managed by The Gentlemen Baristas.
Where is he?
You will find 3 Henrietta Street in the heart of Covent Garden, at the southern end of the square. Take the stairs to the first floor where you will find the more formal dining room with a counter next to the open plan kitchen and a lovely dining area with great views over Covent Garden.
What is on the menu?
They describe it as “well-cooked gourmet classics at home”. In practice, this means a more traditional menu of starters, main courses and desserts – with a separate regional bread section.
Here is what we had:
What is there for vegetarians or vegans?
Special mention for the accompaniments which, in addition to reading well on the menu, stood out on their own, including a particularly delicious Pomme Dauphinoise.
Room for dessert?
But of course…
What about drinking?
We didn’t manage to try the cocktails, although the Super Cosmo with lime peel infused vodka sounded like fun. The wine list ranges from a very decent house red (a Primitivo from Puglia) at £28 to a bottle of Mersault at £175, so there should be something for everyone.
This attractive dining room is a great place to bring visitors to London, with great views of the street performers in the square below if you managed to sit near the window. The snacks alone are worth going and if you like pie you’ll want to try this one here.
Find out more about the Pivot Bar & Bistro
Where is he? 3 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8LU
Hot diners dined as Pivot guests. Prices correct at time of publication.
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