“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”-Samuel Johnson
Madison is located on the sixth floor of the One New Change, a vibrant city mall in the modern financial center of the City Of London. The building was designed by the French modernist architect Jean Nouvel and overlooks the grand baroque themed St Paul’s Cathedral designed in the seventeenth century by Sir Christopher Wren .
Madison encompasses a glamorous Manhattan, New York style restaurant and cocktail bar on one of Europe’s largest open-air, award-winning roof terraces. Complemented by the idyllic scenic views of the city skyline offering a panoramic view of the whole of London.
The menu features a superb range of food and grills from the wood-fired Josper oven (indoor charcoal barbecue) as well as appealing salads and burgers. The restaurant/bar is renowned for its vibrant busy atmosphere. Madison was named as one of the capital’s most-Instagrammed spots in the Telegraph, and this comes to no surprise, due to the spectacular views and delicious, well-presented food. It makes an ideal spot for all kinds of celebratory meals.
I visited Madison twice over the summer. The first time was for lunch with my cousin who recommended the venue as a great spot. We were given the Sunday Brunch menu to select from.
For my main meal, I had the Roast Argentinian Sirloin, which consisted of a Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese & horseradish cream, which I then accompanied with the ‘Madison Garden’ cocktail.
At first glance of my plate I didn’t expect it to fill me up, in terms of portion size I would class it in the middle range, however after a few mouthfuls and towards the end of finishing the meal I was pleasantly surprised that I felt full, so the mantra looks can be deceiving does carry weight in this case. In terms of taste, I thought it was rich in flavour and well presented.
I was a bit disappointed with the cocktail ‘Madison Garden’, as it is named after the restaurant/bar, I was, therefore, expecting something really extravagant and colourful but , unfortunately, I wasn’t wowed by the flavour or appearance however I decided to order another cocktail in the hope that Madison could redeem themselves and go with the choice ‘Sixth Member’. Which was recommended by a member of staff, after telling him I wanted something sweet and fruity. I was more impressed with the second choice and would 100% recommend going with it if you are also looking to have something sweet with a summery vibe.
For Dessert ~ Passion Fruit Cheesecake
I found the dessert interesting as it was a deconstructed styled cheesecake, essentially meaning that instead of a normal cheesecake you are presented with the makings of a cheesecake. I believe this is so that you can gain a full appreciation of the individual flavours more, alas not what I was expecting but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Would have preferred a constructed cheesecake but in terms of presentation it was nice to view something different and the dessert did taste quite nice too.
On the second occasion I visited I had the:
Smoked Ham Hock & Pigs Trotter Fritter ~ as a starter which consisted of smoked carrot puree, pickled carrots, and roasted oats. Would definitely recommend this choice for your starter if you like meat.
400gr 35 day aged Cote de Boeuf accompanied with a glass of champagne for the main~ had the steak cooked to medium – well done. I was really happy with the meal, found the flavours indulgent and rich. It was presented simply, which I thought, in this case, worked very well.
Conclusion~ To fully experience the beauty of the restaurant/bar I recommend visiting in the evening as the city lights and skyline will look absolutely amazing in the dark however the venue does also make an excellent choice for an occasion in the summer. If you are looking for a venue with a vibrant bustling atmosphere that gives off a New York-themed vibe then this is the place for you. ✨
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‘A person who is tired of London is not necessarily tired of life; it might be that he just can’t find a parking place.’ – Paul Theroux