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What: The Great Chase
In a nutshell: Classic dishes and mocktails with a modern twist
Summing it all up: As much as possible is ethically sourced at this new restaurant on St John Street from a former Dean Street Townhouse chef, with an alcohol-free drinks menu that’ll delight non-drinkers.
What's the story?
Multicultural flavours, ethical produce and zero booze are the three main components behind The Great Chase, a new restaurant that’s quietly popped up in Angel with a former Dean Street Townhouse chef at the helm.
No booze? That’s right - instead the restaurant is a selection of “alcohol-free experiences and flavours that complement the fantastic food menu.” So that means concoctions like the Bee’s Knees - sparkling alcohol-free rosé infused with pink grape and green tea, or a freshly made Pineapple Boy with homemade pineapple and bayleaf cordial, coconut water, orange, and everyone’s favourite luxury non-alcoholic mixer, Seedlip Spice.
They’re also taking their tea very seriously indeed with a selection with a sommelier-esque level of detail. Cornish Peppermint is billed as having a “brighter, cleaner flavour than fresh mint” or Chinese Emerald Green, which is “soft hay with notes of apricots.”
Outside of that, there’ll be dinner or brunch on the table, with chef Radek Nitkowski giving us his modern take on traditional restaurant grub, so the burger will come with beef brisket and smoked cheddar, or a chicken breast with croquettes and spicy aioli. The classic pairing of asparagus and hollandaise is given an update with the introduction of lime, keta roe and purple mint, while the cauliflower side is roasted, and served up with chilli relish.
Weekend brunch also sounds enticing with dishes like Tiger prawn shakshuka, baked eggs, sumac, coriander, buckwheat or mushrooms with sweet potato gnocchi, Pecorino and hazelnuts on the menu.
Plus, all of the above will be sourced either locally, or ethically as possible, making The Great Chase a very feel good option (*especially* for your liver).
More about The Great Chase
Where is it? 316 St John Street, London EC1V 4NT
When does it open? Open now. They're on soft launch until the end of July with 25% off food or 30% if you follow them on social and book online. Opening hours are 11am - 3pm for brunch/lunch and 6pm to 11pm Tuesday - Sunday
Book a table: Book online or call 020 7998 0640.