Ahoy, m’little kittens – Yup, I’m back with another little London foodie segment. I’ve had so much support with my new lifestyle/travel posts, and you guys seem to be loving them. So I’m more than happy to write up some more reviews and recommendations for you. The Drift got in touch during my week away in LDN town and asked me to pop down to review their menu. A 15 minute train journey later and I was in the heart of Liverpool Street, dining at The Drift. I almost missed the turning for this foodie spot, just make sure you turn left before the giant fish tank, you’ll know what I mean.
The Drift is part of the Drake and Morgan chain of bar/restaurants and is very much marketed to city dwellers who are looking for a cosy, yet contemporary, space to grab a well-priced meal with a friend or after-work drinks with colleges. When you walk into The Drift, the downstairs area is a very “city” cocktail haunt with a long serving bar and modern decor. However the foodie magic happens just upstairs….
Upon ascending to the restaurant floor, we were greeted by our server (Jessica) who showed us to our pre-booked table and handed us a few drinks menus to have a gander at. Naturally, we both turned to the “Cocktails” page and had a look for anything new and exciting.
The Calypso (£8.95) was my favourite, which I totally wasn’t expecting, with floral & sour notes which were so moreish on the palette and was beautifully decorated with a sprig of lavender. On the other hand, my boyfriend was all over the Candy Shop (£8.95) which was full to the brim with tangy, sour rhubarb and sweet custard liqueur.
There was so much variety in terms of Starters, both of us were quite impressed. I opted for the Chicken Satay (£6.50) as I always find that it’s quite hard to pull off well. It was pleasantly yummy, and for the price it was a very good size at three whole skewers. It wasn’t anything mind-blowing or special, but the taste was really lovely.
I was a bit jealous of my boyfriends choice, to be completely honest, the Scotch Egg (£6.29). This dish was a modern version of the traditional scotch egg, with paprika flavours running through due to the smokey Chorizo base and spiced mayo to garnish. I actually stole a little mouthful, and I’m so glad I did – this dish is ridiculously good.
The choice of main wasn’t a difficult one to make, I opted for the Sirloin Steak (£16.95) with a cheeky substitution of Roman Fries (£4.50) – fries topped with Parmesan, truffle, and rosemary. The fries-swap was a suggestion made by our server, and I’m so glad I listed to her recommendation. As soon as I got a waft of the fries as they were laid on the table, I knew they were gold. The flavours worked so well, and the chips were still really crisp yet fluffy on the inside.
Moving on, the sirloin steak was cooked perfectly as I requested (Medium-Rare) and the peppercorn sauce was served plentifully in a jug. The flavours were very intense, yet not too overwhelming which I find to be the case with a lot of peppercorn-style sauces – yum! My boyfriend opted for the Swordfish dish, which was the special of the day (and some sweet potato fries as a side). Although I’m not a big fan of swordfish, the flavours were intense and the fish was cooked very well.
Once we reached dessert, my boyfriend couldn’t fit anymore in. You know what that means? Two desserts for me, waheyyy! I opted for the Lemon Pie (£5.95) and the Creme Brulee (£5.95) as these are generally my favourite types of desserts. The Lemon Pie was beautifully baked with a sweet, yet citrus-y flavour running through the creamy filling, and I had such fun with the Creme Brulee which I cracked open with the back of my spoon. The Brulee was wonderfully thick and full of vanilla sweetness, perfect to end the meal with.
Would I recommend a trip to The Drift? Absolutely. This restaurant & bar is perfect for all occasions: a catch up, a date, after-work drinks, or birthday celebrations. I will definitely be heading back, and at a (literal) one minute walk from London Liverpool Street, the location is ideal for a commuter like myself. Food, cocktails, service – 10/10. Well done, The Drift, you are fab.
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*I was gifted this experience, however all thoughts and opinions are my own*