Shoreditch Surprises

The last of my birthday celebrations came as a complete surprise to me.

After pancakes in bed and a stroll around Shoreditch, I was whisked off to the top of the Boundary for a Mediterranean feast.

I'd read about this place around Christmas time when the rooftop was transformed into a Shoreditch-style Swiss chalet, and have wanted to visit ever since.

Of course, being a summer baby, mulled wine and melted cheese were not on the menu.

Buratta, on the other hand, is for life, not just for Christmas, so that's where we got started.

With a basket of warm focaccia to act as a shovel for the velvety-smooth cheese. Think baby bruschetta, but better.

And some Spanish-style surf 'n' turf in the form of octopus and chorizo skewers.

Continuing on with the spirit of sharing, and to avoid any chance of food FOMO, we decided to split the mains too.

Going Greek with deliciously tender charred chicken skewers on a bed of cool tzaziki and spring onions.

And keeping it simple with a perfectly pink chargrilled  tuna steak, doused with lemon.

I don't condone carb-free meals, so we had to throw in some almond-scattered fruity couscous...

...and some fries with brilliantly garlicky aioli, just because.

I know that the food looks plain, but these dishes were all about the produce.

Everything was fresh and although the plates may be lacking in bells and whistles from the outside, they packed a punch in terms of flavour.

Now I would love to tell you about the puddings, but I didn't quite get that far.

Because as I was umm-ing and ahh-ing over the options on offer, this arrived on my table...

An entire forĂȘt noire, all to my self.

My favourite cake, from my favourite person.

Seeing as I was multiple drinks down at this point, I got a bit overwhelmed and proceeded to burst into tears. 

Luckily we were the only ones left in the restaurant (bar a very boozy business lunch), otherwise I would have been mortified.

(Happy) tears aside, I really loved lunch at the Boundary. 

The staff couldn't be more accommodating and the menu was full of my favourite treats, plus rooftops are always my venue of choice. 

This post is obviously timed terribly as they have now changed their menu, presumably to be followed shortly by fondue with a view, but that's all the more reason to go and see it for yourself.

Anyway, as far as I'm concerned seasonal menus just show that restaurants actually care about the ingredients that go on their plates. And you get to try something new all year round, so everyone wins.

Reservations and website here.