“Great Views, Great Service and Great Food”
Date of Visit: 08.06.18
Review: Having had a long day at a car show we were looking for a place to eat, a few options came to hand but nothing really stood out and by chance we looked up and saw a lot of people on a roof top so headed in that direction and came across the Montcalm on Finsbury Square and lucky we did. Hotel entrance even has some air hockey style games which was a nice surprise and to get to the Aviary you have to go up in the elevator and head to the reception area of the Aviary. You are greeted by a light art deco interior with glass walls and I am told the WC is worth a visit also for the glass walls. Menu was described well and wine paring also done so you get a full fine dining experience. I personally ate the chicken and dessert was shared by all.
Dress Code: Everyone looked smart as some must have come after work in the city but casual is fine as there was dress code stipulated but you may want to just dress up a little as you get some great views on the terrace and makes for some nice photos.
Booking Process: Walk in and they managed to squeeze us in but they were busy so would advice you to book.
Location: 22-25 Finsbury Square , London, EC2A 1DX
Decor & Lighting: Decor is Art Deco style but not excessive and pleasant. Light and airy with space between tables so you don’t just feel like a number. Wall to wall glass so lots of light pouring in but was there during daylight so cannot comment on evening light levels.
Heating and Cooling: Perfect temperature, it was a very warm summers day out and nice and airy and cool but not cold inside. Just right.
Ambience & Acoustics: Lively place and busy hence you get the usual crowd noise but although you have to raise your voice a little you can still manage to have a good conversation.
Drinks: The bar was happy to make up a mock-tail although they don’t have any specific ones on the drinks menu which they should consider.
- Longhorn beef burger, Montgomery Cheddar, 17.5 maple bacon, tomato relish, onion rings, French fries – Friend had this and said it was ok just a little dry but I cannot comment as I did not try it.
- Roast fillet of sea bream, seaweed gnocci, 22 clams, samphire, Noilly prat liquor – Another friend had this and was impressed but again I cannot personally comment as I did not try it.
- Chicken with corn – sorry but they had a new menu so I cannot explain the full dish in detail – Moist and cooked well with a nice base of corn and roast potatoes.
Desert: Keylime tart with sorbet – A nice dessert and really refreshed and cleansed the pallet.
Please note they have a new menu which at the time of writing this (11.06.18) was not on the internet.
Bill / Cost: £120.00 for three
Conclusion: Great place to visit and we were very well looked after especially by Feri who was very attentive and offered the best service which really pushed up the score. The only let down would be the staff at the entrance I am afraid as they just did not really seem to care or explained anything to us. However the food, views and all the staff upstairs really made up for the experience. At first there were no tables available but they asked if we can give a table back within 1.5hours so they really tried to accommodate us. Highly recommend this as a place to visit if in the area and easy reach of many stations.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.0