The Library's exquisite new restaurant
Category : Bar, Club, Members-Club, Restaurant
| Cuisine : Modern European
Address : 112 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4BD, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.lib-rary.com/restaurant/
Opening Times : Mon - Fri: 7am–1am, Sat: 11am-1am (Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays)
Closest Tube : Leicester Square, Charing Cross
The Library opened its doors in 2014 and has been one of central London's heavy-hitting private members' club ever since. Great cocktails, beautiful rooms, an amazing set of members - The Library had it all. Well, with the exception of a restaurant, until now… St Luke's has opened it recondite doors exclusively to its members, and Innerplace members will be able to join them. Named for the patron saint of artists, bookbinders, brewers, butchers and stained glass makers, St Luke's is a literary food concept that collaborates with published authors to create an edible story every eight weeks.
Guests enter by wending their way downstairs into the basement, through a door disguised as a bookshelf, into a space that is amazingly intimate with less than ten tables along the room. There's a dimly lit ambience that lends itself well to date nights or quiet catch-ups. At the far end is an open-plan kitchen, next to a dark brown cabinet teeming with wine, whisky, champagne and candles, which were spread liberally throughout the room and across tables. Like the clientele throughout the rest of the club, a pervasive chicness attended the diners.
We kicked our evening off with a bottle of Curious Brew (a beer made in Kent by Chapel Down with champagne yeast) and a glass of prosecco, which whet our appetite well. We then segued on to starters, sharing grilled tiger prawns with baby squid, a chickpea veloutè and passion fruit, which paired exquisitely with a Cantarutti Pinot Grigio from its birthplace in Friuli.
Main courses flexed foodie muscles. We were particularly enamoured with the pan fried sea bass, with crispy polenta, Spanish chorizo, cherry tomatoes and a mushroom veloutè, which was the perfect dish for summer, light and fresh with punchy savoury notes coming through from the sausage and polenta. A chargrilled ribeye steak was skilfully handled, cooked perfect medium rare (to render the interstitial fat to a buttery complement) with polenta chips and a red wine jus. A side of tenderstem broccoli was al dente fresh, prepared to retain crispness.
We finished the meal with a white chocolate cheesecake topped with a smattering of raspberries, and a chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. These went well with a postprandial cocktail named the Celia Cruz, which was whipped up with Havana 3, apricot liqueur, Pedro Ximenez and a frothy egg white. It was hard to prise ourselves away from The Library in the end. We were impressed by the quality of the restaurant, which matches the club.