This one's for the city girls and guys! Last week we ventured to suit-ville and marched our Louboutins all the way to the Heron Tower. If you work in the city you'll know how hard it is to get a reservation at peak times with the army of bankers and lawyers flocking for drinks and nibbles after an onslaught of meetings. When you tell people you're going to Heron Tower for dinner, the usual response is "oh for sushi?"...but news for everyone, there's a new eatery in the building. Cue The Drift.
The Drift describes itself as an escape, 'a bar & restaurant that wants you to stay, linger, explore & quite simply drift… a sanctuary in the heart of the city, the drift brims with quirky collectibles, hidden alcoves, a mixology table & fine dining nook, whilst offering delights such as a flambe menu, seasonal menu & innovative cocktails.' We certainly got the chilled out vibe and casual ambience from the botanical and cosy decor - think fresh herbs for table centre pieces and pretty patterned tiles.
We couldn't resist going for the full three course offering - just to test if the varied menu lived up to its sister restaurants - the Fable and the Folly. For starters we shared a fig and goats cheese flatbread topped with rocket. The flavours were delicious and it was the perfect something to pick at, if you're not up to a more hearty meaty dish such as the tempura prawn lollipops. Served on a wooden board ready to slice, the only thing we would have added was a drizzling of balsamic dressing (just ask the waiter!)
Lori stuck to a classic sirloin steak, which for the price of £15.45 was more than reasonable. Vicki went for something a little different from the specials menu, and tried the monkfish with sides of saffron cauliflower and rocket salad. The portion of the fish was huge, and although the sauce was a little heavy after a carby starter, the cauliflower - drenched in goats curd with sundried tomatoes was heaven! Highly recommended as an additional order if you're feeling indulgent!
Dessert again came in mammoth portions, so if you need just a little something sweet to finish you off, you can definitely get away with sharing! We tried the winterberry crumble - which was heavy on the crumble - a massive plus for us! Along with the flaming baked alaska - which disappointingly didn't arrive 'flaming', however it was beautifully presented on a kitsch floral plate and more than hit the spot for Vicki's sweet tooth.
All in all, for less than £40 a head for three courses and wine, the Drift is great place to head whether you're entertaining clients or indulging yourself in a thirsty Thursday at the end of the week. A sociable and non fussy atmosphere with a varied menu and well priced food.