National Cafe

Trafalgar Square, London

Let these perky flavours seduce you

National Cafe, exterior picture

Address:The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross
London, WC2N 5DN
Map:Map & nearby
Region:Charing Cross
Nearest Station:Charing Cross
Category:Cafes, Snack Shops & Tea Rooms
Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday: 08.00 - 23.00*
Saturday: 09.00 - 23.00
Sunday: 09.00 - 18.00

*The Grab and Go and Espresso Bar close at 6pm every day
Email:Send an email

About: Join us for dinner any night of the week and delve into our menu of British and modern European dishes. Our head chef Ryan Perrat is truly passionate about quality British ingredients and sources all our meat, fish, dairy and veg directly from artisan producers. Our location makes us a great choice for quick pre-theatre meals, but we’re best enjoyed when you have time to soak up our lovely surroundings and wine list.

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Added on November 30, 2012

"Let these perky flavours seduce you"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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Elegant, classic, perhaps even old fashioned to some; these are all words which could describe the National Gallery, London’s magnificent museum of 13th to 19th century Western art. There’s nothing outdated about the National Dining Rooms and the National Café however, the Gallery’s two eateries launched by Oliver Peyton in 2006, whose speciality is museum gastronomy (Peyton & Byrne also own the Wallace Restaurant, the Restaurant at the Royal Academy, the Café Bar at the ICA and the Orangery at Kew Gardens).

While the National Dining Rooms provide food throughout the day, the National Café opens till later in the evening, with a menu of perky European flavours. Take the super creamy hunk of burrata laid atop slices of salty prosciutto, with fresh-tasting grilled white peach as a counterpoint. The kedgeree, with chunks of boiled egg, is exquisitely creamy without overwhelming, thanks to the contrasting taste of smoked haddock and peas.

The home-made rabbit “sausage” is shaped into a giant meatball, and its warm herby flavour pairs deliciously with mashed potato and salted curly kale. The lentil and cashew nut veggie burger topped with halloumi is smothered in fiery salsa, and all the contents spill out of a very slim, grilled sourdough bun. The whole thing is piping hot and very satisfying.

Desserts are equally comforting: warm blackberries and plums layered with rich nutty crumble and vanilla ice cream, and the “caramelo fantastico”, which combines caramel over a layer of sponge with chopped nuts and maple syrup toasts.

Not tempted by pre-20th century art? Even so, the food may well seduce you. A three course meal with a bottle of house wine is £70.

Leila reviewed National Cafe on Tue 18 Sep 2012

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