21 Convent Garden – Restaurant Review

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 | 19 comments

21 Convent Garden – Restaurant Review

Last year I organised a lot of girly (and one dude) get-togethers in Convent Garden. The two of the girls left and these meetups rather petered out. But I really missed the vibe and people watching in Convent Garden and have been meaning to go back.

So I jumped at the chance to check out the restaurant 21 Convent Garden, right at the edge of the market and over looking the convent garden square. I loved energy of Convent Garden and it was fun weaving through the buzzing crowd as they sat watching one of the performers.21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

Now 21 Convent Garden is rather higgledy piggeldy and spread out – with seating out in the piazza, down a cosy basement and one floor up with better views of the market and piazza. So something to suit every requirement. Plus they have got a very beautiful and calming fish tank.

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

My companion and I settled in the basement and worked our way through a few cocktails including a lovely mango bellini and an Il Bosco as we decided what to eat. They had a good range of starters, some sharing platters as well as a mixture of pizza and pasta. They also have a pre theater menu for those patrons waiting to catch a show in the area.

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

I had the rather tasty and generous crostini selection to start as my dining companion was suitably impressed with her Gorgonzola, pumpkin and sage stuffed arancini.

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

 My friend liked her main course of Cornish crab linguini with garlic, lime, chilli and coriander. My main was the wild mushroom ravioli with a roasted tomatoes, parsley, basil and pecorino. The taste of the mushrooms really came through along with the sweet roasted tomato sauce. These courses along with the side salad portions were so generous that we were too full to eat dessert.

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

But we ordered two desserts to share. Blame it on the fish tank – it was so peaceful that we needed to sit near it for a little bit longer. The cannoli  came stuffed generously with mascaporne and chocolate but the shell was not as light and flaky as it should have been. But the white chocolate banana tiramisu more than made up for it. It was decadent yet not to sweet which is exactly what I like in a dessert.

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

21 Convent Garden Restaurant Review | Recipes From A Pantry

 The service was great and the waiter was attentive in the right way – everything was served with a smile. 21 Convent Garden is a good place to hang out in central London as it is reasonably priced and offers your fantastic people watching opportunity as you down fabulous cocktails whilst you eat. Check it out when you are next in the area.

21 The Market
Covent Garden
London WC2E 8RD

We were invited to review 21. All opinions are my own.

19 Comments

  1. Looks like a lovely restaurant, I love the look and sound of banana tiramisu

    • The banana tiramisu def hit the spot.

  2. Great post Bintu! The food there looks amazing, I would eat it all at once – probably starting from desserts :)

    • Desserts and cocktails is the way to start Sylvia.

  3. Mmm that food looks delicious! Sounds like a great place – may have to pay a visit with my blogging buddies!

    • Let me know if you do go – and definitely try the tiramisu.

  4. What a gorgeous setting, I love the fish tank. The white chocolate tiramisu sounds amazing!

    • I did not want to leave the fish tank.

  5. Loved the fish tank. Sadly that table was occupied!

    • You have to go back to hang out by the fish tank then Madeleine.

  6. I love convent garden and have been here twice, love it! x

    • It is such a buzzing area to hang out at. And now you know were to get good cocktails for the next time you go.

  7. That looks like a fabulous meal, great photos too Bintu.

  8. I’m planning a quick day trip to London when I’m in Paris this fall. This looks like the perfect place to grab lunch and drinks, plus I’ve always loved Covent Garden:)

    • Ooooooh Paris in the fall and then London. Lucky you.

  9. White chocolate banana tiramisu?!?! Are you kidding me?! I would LOVE to have that! Your entire meal, experience and ambience sounds great, Bintu! Pizza and pasta…I could live on them both daily! I would totally want to have the table next to the fish tank. But, the one drawback is it would make for poor eye contact with dinner mates :)

    • I know – that fish tank was just too gorgeous.

  10. Looks like such n amazing restaurant. I love Covent Garden!

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