The Handbook
The Handbook

What: If you were expecting a review where I brutally shred a bar to pieces, then I’m afraid you have been deceived by my enticing title. This is the most savage review you’ll read this month because it is about Savage Garden, Tower Hill’s latest roof top venue, sorry to disappoint if you were looking for scandal, because it’s actually really rather good.

New? Yes, it opened at the start of the summer and they couldn’t have timed it better given that they have two roof terraces with enviable views out across the Tower of London.

The Look: Despite the name the interior is neither savage or a garden. Floor to ceiling windows fill the space with plenty of light and inside marbled greens, blues and purples sit alongside metallic accents and black and grey tiled floors. Pull up a pew in at one of the high tables, settle into one of the orange booths or get a coveted space on one of the roof terraces.

On the Menu: The menu is made up of sharing plates, you can either mix and match and choose the likes of tempura oyster with black garlic mayo, sesame prawn toast with bacon jam or salted caramelized nuts. You can also choose from one of the three sharing platters: carnivorous, pescatarian or the one we have our eye on, the vegetarian which includes honey miso aubergine sliders; charred radishes with firecracker dressing; goat’s cheese, pea and tarragon croquettes with mint yoghurt and plantain chips with lime chilli salt and avocado hummus.

What We Ate: Like the name and the interior the food is also theatrical. Crispy squid arrives on top of a golden pineapple, sesame prawn toast is a dramatic black and fiery, red, charred radishes have a sweet caramel hit to their peppery crunch. Beef sliders certainly look impressive, the buns are a jet black and contrast with the deep purple beetroot and sweet potato shoestring fries. They call them fries, it’s a rather generous description, hidden beneath the beef, they’re so small you’d be forgiven for thinking they had bought them out. There’s a sweet and smokey dish of burratina, smoked tomatoes, basil and sweet London honey. To finish we went for sugary, DIY doughnuts which we could inject with chocolate and raspberry jam.

What We Drank:  Cocktails are divided into signatures like the Evil Eye, Punk Rock Fashioned and the Kick-Ass Martini and classics including an excellent margarita made from Olmeca Plata tequila, Cointreau blood orange, lime, agave nectar and a rime of Black Hawaiian Lava salt.

Where: You’ll find Savage Garden on the 12th floor of DoubleTree by Hilton London- Tower of London. Savage Garden, 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF

Go With: Close to the city and with an opulent interior and that roof terrace, Savage Garden is an ideal date spot.

Final Word: Savage Garden is onto a winner with its aerial views of the Tower of London and the Thames, but is it really that savage? They’re promoting it as wild, experimental and savage, whether it is, is debatable but perhaps the vibe is different on a Friday night. It’s a little pricey at times, £17 for small sliders leaves a bad taste in your mouth however good they might be and at times the staff were too attentive. Quick clearing is great, but at least wait until we’ve finish eating before you remove plates, or worse, start clearing down the table around us.