Housed in a former stained glass factory that'll now be staining napkins, shirts, and possibly your reputation for self-control, HB&B's Covent Garden bistro keeps the names of the original owners on the sign, and gives the white-walled space a little more light by installing regular, completely transparent windows. The architecture of the building gets straight to the point, mimicking a smaller version of the places of worship the factory used to supply. Inside, they've dotted it with geometrically satisfying angles of parquet wood floors & square green tables. The daily changing menu comes courtesy of a Swedish head chef, who's bringing you bork bork the likes of this seared calf's liver w/ sage mash. You'll also find goodness like this pan-roast duck breast w/ rosti, some beetroot-cured salmon, and a healthy portion of Portland dressed crab (thankfully not meaning it'll be wearing flat-framed glasses & a checked shirt -- they're from the Portland in Dorset). In a couple of weeks, they're opening up a "'60s-inspired" cocktail den underneath -- in the meantime, you'll be well catered-to by a former Polpo head barlady, and a whole separate bar menu (lamb burger? honey-glazed chorizo?). Drinks she's drummed up include this Port & Bourbon Sour, plus a Wisconsin Old Fashioned w/ Cognac & sour cherry, and an oyster-sided Mary named The Bayne of My Bloody Life, presumably because of the tomato juice stains.
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