Library is situated in a historical building on bustling Saint Martin’s Lane, in the heart of Covent Garden’s theatreland. It offers a private members’ club with personality and character, which is somewhat of a rarity in London at the moment. When you enter the building, you get a real sense that this is one of London’s hidden gems and it attracts an art, film and creative crowd with its regular live music, array of bars, private dining areas and relaxed work spaces. Downstairs, you’ll find Saint Luke’s Table, which serves fine cuisine in an intimate setting. The carefully curated menus feature meat, fish and new plant-based options that are a real talking point – the artichoke linguine is one dish that speaks for itself, offering a superb creamy texture without an ounce of dairy. Chef Alessio Piras has given vegan dishes a new dynamic.
Other highlights include the venison fillet, presented like a piece of art with a serious taste sensation to match. The seared scallops are another must and the combination of truffled cauliflower purée topped off with a spicy Italian chorizo crust transforms the dish.
Be sure to leave room for the array of handmade desserts, including a variety of vegan-based dishes and classics given a modern twist. In particular, the strawberry and basil panna cotta had just the right balance, and it showcases the skill and expertise of the kitchen that the basil doesn’t overpower the delicate strawberry flavour. This is a definite repeat order.