However weary souls that we were, we needed food that was quick and tasty, a place where we wouldn't be judged by our day long attire and working week crushed spirits!
I'd gone past St. Katherine's on the tram and knew it was a big airy restaurant, fairly casual and about sharing food. I think Steve thought it would be a little more formal than it was but actually the informality of the place suited us on this occasion.
Our waiter was a bit here and there but more to do with his personality than anything else. Where he lacked focus and was more about the chat, there was a very sharp and very slick lady who was in total control and had a smile for everyone so where our waiter was slow on the uptake, she'd compensate and appear out of nowhere and take a drinks order or sort us out.
Mahammura roasted sweet pepper dip, walnuts, pomegranate molasses
Hummus smoked almond dressing
Fava split pea dip, caper, shallot, sherry vinaigrette
All three were delicious. My faves were probably the sweet pepper dip and the fava. Two extremes - one sweet, tangy with a piquancy to it and the other soft, mellow, almost creamy without being fatty and very savoury. The hummus was good; classic and traditional and always a goodie but fairly mainstream.
I thoroughly enjoyed the grilled halloumi with apricots, pinenuts, mint. I love grilled cheese and this version with the sweet apricots and raisins and the nutty pine nuts countered by salty cheese was excellent. Only downside is it gets cold quickly and once cold the cheese gets a bit squeaky and polystyrene like so eat as soon as it comes out!
Both were good choices. The ribs were smokey, sweet, falling off the bone with a heavy spice element from coriander seeds and peppercorns. Being a coriander fiend, I loved the generous amount of fresh coriander to chomp on along with the succulent meat. Steve found this tasty but perhaps over smoked and over flavoured for his palette.
The corn salad was inspirational. Loved the mix of onion, chargrilled corn, chives and all the different textures. We will try to reconstruct this at home. Great salad accompaniment to grilled meat and BBQ food.
Peanut butter parfait chocolate sorbet, baklava crumbs, orange blossom foam was Steve's choice.
I didn't like the orange blossom foam - too perfumed for me but he enjoyed the crunch and the flavours.
St. Katherine's is a great local neighbourhood restaurant and I can imagine if we lived closer we'd drop by more often. There's lots on the menu to try, it's not pretentious and we thought it was pretty good value for money.