Searcys at The Gherkin: Taking hedonism to new heights

London's slickest vegetable was one of the first places to feature on Very Kerri, way back in 2013, and this evening, I'm zipping up to the 39th floor to its sellout pop up with Clean Eating Alice, which is running until mid-February.

It's a sparkling evening to be towering over London twinkling below, and the fizz is flowing. The menu is a tale of two halves; Saint (Alice's side) is a vegetable-forward celebration of all the superfoods, whilst Sinner (Head Chef Barry's side) showcases treats like foie gras, truffle, Parmesan and lobster in all their glory.

Chunky slabs of nutty loaf come topped with salmon; a fraction thinner and it would be the most banging gluten free bread on the shelves. However, it's the flaky crab and creamy avo situation which I'm doing somersaults about. Barry 1 - 0 Alice.

Cod wouldn't usually pique my interest, except for when it comes with lashings of turmeric and cumin cauliflower; hello, winter survival kit. The flavour is on the money, although its not the prettiest looking thing I've ever seen. On the other hand, Barry's sea bass with truffle risotto and a giant Parmesan crisp exudes gorgeousness in every way. Barry 1.5 - 0.5 Alice.

Before retiring to the Club Lounge for several Tommy's Margaritas, we share a little cup of rum and raisin ice-cream (churned earlier today, no less), topped with mini chia seed protein balls. Cute.

This playful pop up is a lovely little reminder of how eating clean doesn't have to be boring, providing you can always drink dirty, of course.

Five Very Kerri things about Searcys at the Gherkin

  1. All the views
  2. The wine list
  3. Value for money
  4. Chef Barry
  5. Little surprises along the way, which mean a lot