The Modern Pantry is situated in a cluster of tempting eateries in Clerkenwell. While the rest of the area sleeps at weekends, this little joint does its main business and is always full of animated arty types. It was the destination of choice for a catch-up Sunday brunch with an old friend from university.
The Modern Pantry's cool demeanour hasn't changed much since my last visit a few years back, but with the extra months of recognition it seems a little less special now. We were seated in the upstairs area, which isn't as bright and exciting as the ground floor but has a nice calming atmosphere nonetheless.
The Sunday menu is detailed but brief... Only a few main course options, but quite a selection of breakfast choices, as well as fresh juices and pastries. Being rather a greedy foodie pair, we indulged and ordered four plates between us... well, we had lots to gossip about so only right we should have enough food to do it over. Fresh orange juice arrived and we tucked into our first course of breakfast: Grilled chorizo, caramelised plantain, and slow-roast tomatoes with eggs and thick toast. An intriguing mix of flavours and textures, it is an eclectic take on the cooked breakfast stereotype, and felt healthier too.
For seconds we tried the homemade fruit muffin and the Honey roast oats, seeds and nuts with rhubarb, grated apple and natural yoghurt. Both delicious, but I must particularly recommend the wholesome oats and seeds, a wonderful bowl of crunchy, sweet, creamy and sharp tastes. £15 each for a two course brunch felt really worth the money.
As long as it keeps up these standards I doubt The Modern Pantry will ever go out of fashion.