Having opened its doors in summer 2014, Ask For Janice is continuing to bring its fresh, fun and edgy style to Farringdon’s burgeoning restaurant scene with a changing seasonal food and cocktail menu. On arrival to this hidden gem we were welcomed by the most amazing staff and a buzzing atmosphere. Tables get booked really quickly, the mini cassettes that double up as reservation signs are an easy indicator of this.
Designed by Group Head Chef Ben Mullock, the menu at Ask For Janice is a modern take on British ingredients. Heavily focusing on seasonal, wholesome produce and bursting with creative elements and foraged unique ingredients, the menu features a variety of contemporary small and large plates. A great place to share small dishes with friends, have amazing cocktails and laugh those summer evenings away.
We tried four small plates and they were all amazing! The first dish we tried was the Bavette steak served with sesame pak choi, black rice, pickled carrots and crispy onions. The steak was absolutely melt in your mouth and the flavours were insane, part of me was slightly gutted I was sharing once I had my first bite. We also tried the pork belly served with brown shrimp, shaved fennel and chilli. This by far was my favourite dish of the night, the pork was so sweet and the flavours just danced on my tongue (yes I used flowery language it was that good). The lamb rump was our next shared dish and it was served with aubergine, sumac onion, radish and spring onion. Again another amazing dish and the lamb was cooked to absolute perfection. The final dish tried was a pizza, I cannot remember what the topping as it was a special, but remember it having no meat and roasted walnuts on. Whatever it was, it was lush! Honestly everything we tried at Ask For Janice was out of this world, the food, the service and drinks were great. Highly recommended and you cannot go wrong with anything you choose on the menu.
Ask for Janice also boasts an extensive selection of up to 50 gins as well as a perfectly curated selection of beer and wine. Grab a window seat under the leafy canopy of hanging pot plants and watch the bustle of Smithfield Market go by with a G&T or a refreshing summer cocktail in hand.
Ask For Janice