St John’s Wood has always been renowned as being one of the most affluent areas in London; even Forbes magazine, in 2007, ranked the area as the fifth most expensive postcode in London based on average home prices. The sensation of opulence that is portrayed by St John’s Wood makes it the ideal setting for Drunch to open up its second and more luxurious branch.
Drunch Regent’s Park exudes elements of elegance and glamour, with a sprinkling of Parisian chic. The boutique eatery includes an open terrace, allowing for alfresco dining and shisha.
I do not tend to review drinks, quite simply because everyone knows what soft drinks taste like and mocktails are abhorrent, as they are a lazy attempt at beguiling halal diners to part with extra cash for cheap juices that have been mixed together.
The standard of these bespoke cocktails are exceptional and therefore really deserve a mention. The drinks are from their alcoholic cocktail menu, but obviously prepared without the “haram” (forbidden) intoxicant so to adhere to the halal palate.
The “Super Fly Sky High” was sophisticated, yet fun in appearance. The vanilla passion fruit provided the sweetness, but the concentrated lime juice was tart and sour, which meant you had to sip it gracefully. However, any trace of grace will fly out the window as soon as you start tucking into the candy floss topping. This concoction may not appeal to everyone’s palate, but we certainly enjoyed the experience. Price: £10.00 – Recommended
The “SELFie Lisa” was picture perfect. It was sweet and light, and tasted like glorious candy. It was hedonism in a glass. Plus, the picture of Mona Lisa is edible sugar paper, awesome, right? Price: £10.00 – Recommended
To begin our discovery of Drunch, we ordered the “Handpicked Cornish Crab, Apple, Chilli & Avocado”. The crab was delightfully fresh and exquisite, and the apple combined with the herby dressing was zesty, tangy, sour and sharp. Even though the dish as a whole was pleasant and tasted light and healthy, it was piquantly too acidic. Price: £11.95 – Worth A Try
“Prawn Cocktail on Half Avocado, Tomato Salsa & Melba Toast” was delicious, as the Marie Rose sauce was heavenly to my palate. Furthermore, the sumptuously meaty prawns married pleasantly with the buttery avocado and the salsa had the right balance of sweet and salty. The Melba toast was saccharin, thin, brittle and crispy, and added a welcomed contrast in texture. Once again, the dish felt light, fresh and healthy. Price: £11.95 – Recommended
After the salubrious starters, we were ready for some rich and robust dishes, so we opted for the “Cumbrian Chicken with Sweet Potato Puree, Croquette & Girolles Mushroom”. The chicken breast was unfortunately ever so slightly dry and the sweet potato puree was somewhat insipid. However, the crispy chicken skin was phenomenal, as it was bursting with flavour and the sweet caramelised mushrooms were euphoric. Furthermore, the Croquette was packed full of delicious seasoning that made the palate sing with delight. Price: £17.00 – Recommended
I have never been a major fan of lamb shank, as the flavour has always been a bit too gamey for my palate, so I was quite apprehensive to try the “Braised Lamb Shank with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Lamb Jus”. However, I was pleasantly surprised, as the shank was so succulent and tender that the lamb melted effortlessly off the bone. The gamey taste was satisfyingly subtle, while the creamy mash potato was sensational. I would not say I have been completely converted, but people who love lamb shanks will adore this version. Price: £19.50 – Recommended
The pièce de résistance was the “Grilled 10 oz Sirloin Steak with Portobello Mushroom, Grilled Tomato, Chips & Béarnaise sauce”. If you like steaks with copious amounts of spice and cooked till it is cremated, then this is not for you. This steak was prepared medium rare, with simple salt and peppercorn seasoning. The lean sirloin had a smokey, griddled and magnificent caramelised outer layer, while it was delectably juicy and moist in the middle. The creamy, rich and buttery Béarnaise sauce was a wonderful accompaniment, which lifted the dish to an even higher echelon of enjoyment. Price: £25.95 – Recommended
The “Drunch no Bake Salted Caramel & Popcorn Cheesecake” is the only way to end a deluxe meal at Drunch. The delicious toffee sweet popcorn combined with the rich and creamy cheese provided for a decadent and moreish treat. Price: £8.00 – Recommended
You cannot go wrong with a “Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream”. The sponge cake was moist and airy, and the toffee tasted like buttery caramel. The Vanilla Ice Cream, while fine, was rather pedestrian, nonetheless, the superstar was the pudding. Price: £6.50 – Recommended
We enjoyed our sybaritic experience at Drunch, as it was a wonderful experience to be able to indulge in modern British dishes that are suitable for the halal palate.
So if you are seeking a stylish and contemporary setting that oozes with an opulent ambiance, and is paired with some sublime British fare, then Drunch Regents Park is a great option.
Drunch Regents Park
Address: 38 St John’s Wood Terrace, London, NW8 6LS
*Disclaimer: We were invited to review the restaurant