D&D have really reached new heights with their latest restaurant.
Because while their other joints (including Michelin Starred Angler and the elegant German Gymnasium) have uniformly impressed… this one’s on the 14th floor of Aldgate skyscraper 120 Fenchurch Street.
It’s a sizeable affair, taking up around 9,200 square feet of space directly below the public roof gardens that crown the entire building. The designers have previously dressed up restaurants & bars at The Berkeley and Savoy hotels, and more recently the restaurant Wild Ink at Hudson Yards in New York. And it looks like they’ve taken inspiration from those roof gardens, with actual mature trees, shrubs, and large pergolas planted inside the restaurant, all wrapped in glass struck through with a bright ribbons of colour.
In short, it’s basically one big indoor garden looking out over the Thames, Tower Bridge, The Shard, and other assorted iconic landmarks.
The food is all overseen by Executive chef Thomas Piat, whose CV includes stints at Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental, and most recently the acclaimed JÒIA par Hélène Darroze in Paris. It boasts an all-day menu of modern British food cooked with “French flair”, including Saturday brunches and Sunday roasts. You can expect the likes of white crab (served flamboyantly in an actual crab shell) with cauliflower and caviar; turbot on the bone served with a jet-black squid ink risotto; and a roast saddle of venison large enough for two, decorated with whisky sauce, and helped out by a venison pie on the side.
And beyond that, there’s a dedicated cocktail bar (where you can get a cocktail that comes in a literal bubble of smoke – you have to see it to believe it) and an extensive wine list curated by the team of house sommeliers, keen to pick a range of “always interesting” wines.
Which should leave you on a high.
NOTE: 14 Hills is open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends. You can find out more, and book a table at their website right HERE.
14 Hills | 120 Fenchurch St, EC3M 5BA
Want to get a taste of D&D’s other joints? Try on Madison for size…