in2 Food: Restaurant review

The Drift

The Drift

TUCKED away on Bishopsgate at the foot of Heron Tower is The Drift – something of a sanctuary in the chaos of London, offering diners and casual drinkers alike the chance to socialize at any time of the day.

From short but sweet business breakfasts, through to working (or lazy if you can) lunches and crafted cocktails in the early hours, The Drift has it all. Return on the weekend for bottomless brunches. Or, perhaps find a hidden alcove or discover the fine dining nook. It’s these little details that make all the difference.

My wife and I were invited to dine on a busy Friday lunchtime. Enjoying a pre-dinner drink downstairs we could begin to enjoy the breathtaking décor before being shown to our table upstairs. Tall chairs, long tables and ridiculously high ceilings really catch the eye along with the magnificent open kitchen.

The Drift

Onto the menu and to begin, my wife chose the Prawn Lollipops with sweet chilli and
soy whilst I opted for the Salt Szechuan Pepper Squid with a lemon mayonnaise. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and were devoured with enthusiasm.

Mains arrived and I had chosen the Ribeye Steak with a peppercorn sauce served with sweet potato fries and watercress. My wife had decided to continue the carnivore theme and opt for the Sirloin Steak with a béarnaise sauce served with chips and watercress. To accompany our meals we shared some Tenderstem Broccoli with almonds. Both steaks were served exactly as ordered – something of a rarity these days (no pun intended).
The menu offers a wide selection of mains with something to suit the most varied of appetites including burgers, fish, flatbreads and salads.

Sitting back and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere it was now time for dessert. I couldn’t resist the Crème Brulee with Biscotti. It had been a while since I enjoyed the indulgence of this dessert but I won’t be leaving it as long before the next time! Opposite saw the Mixed Berry Crumble with vanilla ice cream arrive. A classic take on a classic dessert that was enjoyed enormously.

All of the above was aided and abetted by a gentle and refreshing bottle of Picpoul de Pinet Domaine Morin Langaran from the Languedoc region in France. This was selected from the Specials menu by our lovely and attentive waitress Jess. Having drunk it I can very much vouch for its inclusion on the Specials menu. Talking of wine, the Drift’s list is both impressive and style-driven with prices starting from less than £20 so there really is something to suit all budgets.

In summary, The Drift is ‘an escape from the ordinary’ in a great location very close to Liverpool Street station. The buzz of lunchtime is something to behold with punters varying from those wishing to get a quick bite to eat or the lucky ones, like ourselves, who were there for a long and lazy lunch. Prices are very reasonable for the City and the staff are both genuine and warm in equal measures – not something that can be levelled at many a restaurant in London so if you get the chance why not pop in and grab a table.

REVIEW: The Drift, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
0845 468 0103 • [email protected]

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Review by Shane Champion


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