If you share my passion for American gospel music and singing aloud (on occasion) combined with huge breakfasts than you’re in for a treat. The restaurant at the top of the Milbank Tower – Altitude 360– has successfully blended the two together in an winning combination of soul music and pecan pie.
The venue is breath taking with views stretching out across London in every direction. And as you take it all in you get to feast on a traditional southern American brunch.
To start there’s a tempting selection of homemade breads, from brown sugar cornbread – a bit like gingerbread without the ginger- to sweet brioche with caramelised onion and rosemary and pumpkin bread. A word of advice though – don’t fill up on the bread as however good it tastes, you’ve still got two massive courses to get through.
For the main event there are several dishes to choose from and I picked the barbecued ribs with rosemary parmentier potatoes. The ribs pretty much slipped off the bone with tenderness and the whole dish was deliciously coated in a sticky barbecue sauce. There were sweet options also, crepes and banana French toast, and a few classics including chicken and Cajun spiced potato wedges and barbecue chicken with black beans and yellow rice.
The portions are American-sized so by now I was feeling happily full and in need of a lie down but the sight of the key lime pie woke up my pudding stomach. I also managed to try the Mississippi mud pie which was heavenly although defeated me to only a few bites.
I could talk about the food all day but what really deserves a separate review is the London Community Gospel Choir singers who did four sets during the three hours we were there. The whole thing was very American and while it may work in New York I never expected us oh so reserved Londoners to enjoy such a spectacle. But even my cold hearted musical-hating friends were singing and clapping away to the songs which were emotional, uplifting and all together other worldly.
There was everything from traditional American ballads to Bob Marley and Beatles covers and a few numbers from Sister Act.
The experience was different but brilliant however at £49 a person (not including drinks) it’s a very expensive treat.
This article was originally written for Who’s Jack.