Food Review: Pivot 3 Henrietta Street
Covent Garden is known for its luxury stores, craft stalls and of course its famous Piazza. Located adjacent to the Piazza is the wonderfully restored 3 Henrietta Street. Once a townhouse which once housed famous tenants, 3 Henrietta Street, as of 2021, is now home to two restaurants and an all-day coffee shop. One of the two restaurants is Pivot and we had the pleasure of visiting the new restaurant this past week.
Pivot, the modern British restaurant, is led by famous chef Mark Greenaway who reinvents the menu every month. The food, the wine, and the cocktails change in line with the seasons, offering a range of exciting menus throughout the week. Hence why the restaurant is called Pivot given its menus pivot with each season.
On entry, the array of art on the walls steals your interest as well as the open kitchen which allows for customers to see Mark hard at work. If you’re fortunate you can get a seat that overlooks the Piazza allowing for guests to watch fun and entertainment as they tuck into the scrumptious food.
For our starters, we had the Scottie Cake with a Spinach, Artichoke & Sweet Potato dip, Grilled Langoustines and Cured Meat Platter. The Scottie Cake with its dip is the perfect starter. The bread that’s made on a stovetop, is soft, fluffy and warm. The eating experience brings back the tangible aspect of traditional British dining as you need to scoop the bread in the fresh dip. The Langoustine comes with garlic & parsley butter and is a performance to eat but well worth the experience as the flavours explode in your mouth.
For our mains, we opted for British food staples; Roasted Cod Fillet and Free Range English Chicken. The chicken has a crispy outer layer but is succulent on the inside. Whilst the flavour of the chicken isn’t strong, the mushroom & tarragon cream sauce does a great job of elevating the flavour of the chicken. The Roasted Cod Fillet It was cooked delicately to showcase the natural flavours and freshness of the cod. Both dishes are great examples of classic British dishes but with a modern and unique take.
For those who have room, you must try their Raspberry Pavlova which is drizzled in caramel. The meringue dessert is the perfect palate cleanser after a hearty British main course. The Sticky Toffee Pudding & Custard is another classic dessert with classic flavour but more indulgent and just the right amount of Salted caramel, which was a nice twist on the traditional dish.
In addition to their desserts, their wine and cocktails options are extensive, especially given they change seasonally, too. On this occasion, their main cocktails of choice were mixologists’ take on a classic negroni as well as margaritas that bring a bit of Mexican flavour to Covent Garden.
Pivot is a great restaurant for travellers who are new to British food or for anyone who wants to try British food but with a modern spin. It’s also great for anyone who is going to the local theatres as a way to have a hearty meal or a few glasses of wine before they’re wowed by Covent Garden’s magic.
When’s best go?
Before the theatre
£60pp for three courses
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