Prior to arriving in London, I watched the Anthony Bourdain London episode of The Layover…six times. Though I mostly like to find my own hidden eatery treasures, after seeing the show, I absolutely wanted to go to St. John Hotel for blood sausages. But, what ended up happening was me going to St. John Bar & Restaurant for Bone Marrow. Close enough.
Either way, I would still be having a meal at one of the restaurants owned by the famous nose to tail chef, Fergus Henderson.
We arrived at St. John too early for dinner, the restaurant section was closed, but the bar was open. That works for me.
After the wine selections were made, I scanned the brief, yet unique bar menu.
No Blood Sausage? What?
It wasn’t until then that I realized that I was at the wrong St. John. Though all owned by the same chef, the menus varied. Luckily, this menu contained some offal to fill my strange food obsession.
As we waited for our food to arrive I studied the bakery section of St. John. A slim selection of fresh baked breads and treats were available for sale. There was no need for me to make a purchase since my meal was served with three slices of their soft white sourdough.
A larger collection of baked goods may be found at St. John Bread & Bakery, where the bakery operations moved after outgrowing the restaurant.
The first of two dishes to arrive to the table was the Gloucester Old Spot with Watercress & Radishes (₤7.40).
Gloucester Old Spot is a type of English pig that is white with black spots.
And then the most picturesque meal I had seen since arriving to England showed up to the table, Roasted Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad (₤7.10).
“Bad boy chef Anthony Bourdain calls the Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad at London’s St. John restaurant his ‘death row meal’.” Tampa Bay Times
I started to dig out the marrow with a long, thin spoon. Then slathered the rich, gelatinous insides on its crunchy bread companion. Topping that with a sprinkling of the Parsley Salad made for the perfect bite.
What does bone marrow taste like? It tastes like oily, flavorful meat fat and spreads like a soft butter.
Have you ever eaten bone marrow? Have you been to St. John Restaurant?