On one lively end of St Martin’s Lane, now sits the Library Club, which although barely open a year, has become a collective centre for its members and visitors alike, offering a space for creatives, intellectuals, literary lovers and urbanites looking for a base for work, leisure and everything in between.
St Luke’s Kitchen is the latest addition to the club, housed in the basement level, beneath the buzzing bar and main lounge area. This restaurant is a sophisticated haven, in which both club members and visitors can enjoy a contemporary menu of food in a refined and relaxed environment. St Luke is the patron saint of artists, writers, bookbinders, goldsmiths, notaries and physicians; a suitable host for this eclectic crowd.
St Luke set in stained glass welcomes you on arrival to the restaurant and I’m sure as the man himself would have wanted, we were greeted with chilled glasses of Prosecco.
Menus were presented between the pages of literary classic and contemporary novels, listing the seasonal delights on offer that evening. I could eat plates of buratta at every meal if it was an option so when I see it on a menu, little else gets a look in. It was served here in a generous portion with roasted butternut squash, pine nuts and micro herbs. It was creamy with a rich milky flavour and the orange, fleshy squash on the side finished it off perfectly.
My main was the aubergine stack sandwiched together with goats cheese and roasted red peppers. A huge green rocket salad occupied half the plate, the bitter green leaves complementing the sweet roasted peppers beautifully. The dish was light but substantial, with the slow roasted aubergine, acting as a filling base ingredient. The soft textures of the stack combined with the crunch of the leaves worked extremely well. It was a vegetarian dish of substance where quality ingredients were combined to make a delicious meal which would appeal to both vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Dessert was exceptional. The entire sweet menu looked tempting and I was almost drawn into a sticky toffee pudding which is a favourite of mine, but instead I went for the salted caramel popcorn ice cream dish which was incredible. Again, fairly light as a dish but with enough sweet and sticky goodness to satisfy the sweetest of tooth’s. The popcorn flavoured ice-cream was creamy and indulgent, whist the salted caramel draped popcorn pieces around the dish, added an extra dimension. It was presented beautifully, in a circular formation on the plate, looking like a perfected work of art. Scattered with honeycomb to finish it off, there was a complete range of textures and tastes to play with. I’ve not met a person on this planet who doesn’t love salted caramel and this combination in particular was an absolute winner; popcorn works extremely well with both sweet and savoury flavours which the chef highlighted here through this heavenly combination.
The service was flawless; discreet but attentive. St Luke’s Kitchen is a brilliant addition to this already popular club. With it also opening for chef residencies and supper clubs, you can always guarantee a unique experience here. Luckily they’ve allowed non-members to also book in and enjoy a fine meal here, so let St Luke welcome you into a world of contemporary flavours in a cosy but relaxed atmosphere.
St Luke’s Kitchen at The Library Club
112 St. Martin’s Lane
London, WC2N 4BD