Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill — London, UK
Better known as the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building, New York-based architect Rafael Viñoly’s 160-metre skyscraper, 20 Fenchurch Street, has received much criticism of late; first for being in the unfortunate position to melt a nearby parked car and then again for the lacking flora in the building’s Sky Garden - a lofty three-floor concept tipped to be a verdant public viewing space. Its restaurant, however, fares better. Housed in a suspended glass box, which overlooks the aforementioned observation terrace, its 37th floor location affords an arresting 180-degree vista of London. In an effort not to detract from the outside scenery, the interiors are understated: muted greys and cream leather banquets accompany dark oak chevron floors, while a pewter bar and Curiousa & Curiousa’s hand-blown glass pendant lights complete the look. Headed by chef Jeremy Brown, the menu is a celebration of British produce with lots of fresh seafood and of course, a full gamut of steak cuts to choose from. We recommend the wood pigeon with glazed parsnips and pickled berries or if you’re feeling flush, the international caviar selection might tempt.