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One Moorgate Place is refreshed and ready to go
Following a successful 2012, One Moorgate Place (OMP), the brasserie located in the heart of London’s Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW), is pleased to present their new menus for 2013.
OMP has a renowned reputation for lunch; the à la carte menu offers a tempting list of starters, mains and desserts. Menu 30 includes a new range of dishes but still at the reasonable price of £16 per person and with the tantalising offer that if it's not served within 30 minutes, then it's on the house!
Executive Chef, David Pigram, has been busy creating a feast of mouth-watering dishes, such as roast saddle of rabbit, seafood rilette, Banham chicken and wood pigeon, and devilishly good desserts such as warm chocolate cake with pomegranate and passion fruit, and the classic pear crumble and custard.
To celebrate, OMP are holding a tasting evening on 23rd January from 5 - 7pm. Guests will be able to sample the delicious menus; discover wonderful wines with tasting master classes from OMP's wine expert, and see David Pigram in action as he presents some of his culinary creations in a live demo. The guest magician will enthral evening attendees with his spectacular tricks and it promises to be an exciting evening with lots of surprises for everyone who attends.
OMP’s General Manager, Caroline Brown, said, “We’re excited to be presenting our new menus at One Moorgate Place. We’ve created a contemporary, welcoming brasserie-style feel at reasonable prices without compromising on quality. Executive Chef David Pigram has created a sublime range of dishes that will appeal to all palettes and price ranges.”
David Pigram is an innovative Executive Chef with a breadth of experience gained in top quality catering from the USA and Australia, through to Red Carnation Hotels and the Michelin-starred Read's restaurant with rooms in the UK. OMP's successful partnership with David began in 2010 when he joined them as Head Chef. He was appointed Executive Chef of the brasserie in 2012.
OMP is housed in the beautiful and unique surroundings of ICAEW. Open to all, the brasserie operates from Monday to Friday. Lunch is served between 12 noon and 3.30pm, with last orders taken at 2.30pm. Its relaxed and comfortable setting is perfect for meeting up with friends, while the spacious layout allows patrons to conduct business meetings, without being overheard.
Charles Campion is pleasantly surprised
“If there is such thing as an instant response, the one you get from lunching at One Moorgate Place is that of surprise. Surprise that the cooking is so accomplished. Surprise that the restaurant exists at all, hidden away in the basement off the beaten track. Surprise that the service is so polished. And surprise that the prices are very reasonable.
Presentation on the plate is elaborate and dishes have multiple elements. One of the starters is braised oxtail lasagne with Morteau sausage and puy lentils – admirably delicate home-made pasta discs interleaved with rich oxtail.
A glazed game terrine is billed as coming with ‘fried parsnips and winter truffle’ – a sound terrine with a heavy aspic-like glaze. One of the accompaniments is a genuine show-stopper: the parsnip element comes as small croquettes filled with an amazing runny parsnip cream. Imagine those self-indulgent croquettes in your favourite tapas bar and then remake them so that they contain rich, gooey concentrated parsnip.
Mains also impress, particularly the visual aspects. Loin of roe deer with suet dumpling, curly kale and heritage carrots is perfectly cooked. Roast free-range chicken with thyme gnocci and pancetta shows how important careful buying can be – a good big chicken that has lived a bit and tastes of something, is well-balanced by chunky gnocci that have been fried to a crisp on the outside. ”
Charles Campion, writing for FSM magazine, Feb 2012
Top Table reviewers rate us 8 out of 10
“Not only is this a great venue in the middle of the city, but the service and food consistantly surpass each other in a race for excellence. Our host Sandro gave us a detailed and colourful description of our dishes and made this lunch time visit a brilliant experience. 11 out of 10 for us.”
“Perfect perfect perfect. The perfect atmosphere. The service was excellent and I will most definitely be going back. The food was lovely. Catering for 14 people was no easy task, but the restaurant made it effortless. Thanks to Michael for being so patient with me in organising everything.”
“One Moorgate Place, EC2 again provided a fast 30 minute lunch in a great professional venue with excellent service. The best business lunch venue in the area by far.”
“One Moorgate Place, London - Fantastic. Great place for a working lunch in the city as you are seated and served promptly so you are not away from the office for an excessive amount of time. The parsnip soup and risotto were both delicious. Would recommend.”
“Great place for lunch. The food was delicicous and came very quickly. The staff were excellent, very friendly and along with the lovely atmospehere of the restuarant the meal was very enjoyable.”
“One Moorgate Place in London is a true Hidden Gem. Located in the basement of Chartered Accountants' Hall, the decor was wonderful and the food portions were delicate. Real value for money and I almost wish I hadn't told anyone else!”
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Top Table, 2012
View London gives us four stars!
“For quick fine dining without breaking the bank, check out Moorgate’s accountancy quarter for a real lunchtime treat.
The dining room is light and spacious with a host of contemporary trappings and a neutral colour scheme highlighted with flashes of lime green and raspberry red furnishings. The staff are exceptional; swift and professional, yet personable and friendly at the same time.
The clever chefs at One Moorgate Place have come up with a ‘fast food, reinvented’ menu where you can have two excellent courses served to you in under 30 minutes... or it’s free (2 courses for £13). However, the a la carte is pretty swift too.
The excellent food and service make One Moorgate Place an absolute winner. Highly recommended.”
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View London, March 2011
App for restaurant menu launches
“This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. So to see that they've released such a polished app is an unexpected surprise. Now I can mull over the menu in the office before I set off.”
“A brilliantly simple, very well laid out app. Would like to see the addition of pictures, but other than that perfect.”
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App Store customer reviews, April 2010
Square Meal gives us the thumbs up
“Formerly Esca, the restaurant beneath the Chartered Accountant’s Hall has a new name and a new look. A giant flower arrangement provides visual focus where there was none before, and the neutral colour scheme has a buttoned-down, businesslike sobriety – although zingy abstract artworks and splashes of colour on the faux-baroque chairs suggest that even accountants are allowed to unwind a little.
Gone is the old distinction between brasserie and restaurant: in its place comes a broadly European menu with plenty to please meat eaters and herbivores alike. Starters of Atlantic prawns with paprika and celeriac salad or fresh pea risotto with mint yoghurt ice cream could precede roast pork belly with mash and Madeira jus or perhaps wild mushroom linguine with roast red onions, crème fraîche and parmesan crisp. The wine list is short but cosmopolitan, with plenty by the glass and nothing to shock the company accountant.”
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Square Meal, September 2009
One Moorgate Place Restaurant launches!
Following a six-figure refurbishment, the restaurant formally known as Esca opened its doors in September as One Moorgate Place Restaurant. Now contemporary, modern and inviting, the interior design features bold accent colours and contemporary art by Albert Irvin, Anthony Frost and Neil Canning. Luxurious soft furnishings and large comfortable seats add a touch of opulence and create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
The menu has been specially developed to deliver great value for money. Head Chef Gavin Dunn has created superbly blended dishes which use the finest locally-sourced produce available.
One Moorgate Place, September 2009