28-50 // Holborn // London

Hidden between two rather depressing buildings off Fetter Lane is an underground restaurant called 28-50.  Despite its subterraneous location, you’ll immediately feel warmed-up by the woody atmosphere, where there is nothing better than plonking yourself on one of their bar stools and enjoying a nice glass of wine.  With a name based on the two latitudes where most of the world’s vineyards can be found, they have obviously paid special attention to their wine list, in terms of both the by-the-glass and bottles on offer.

After a bit of wine you’ll be hungry, and fortunately there is no need to leave.  A quick look at the menu and your mind will be made-up.  Luckily, there are plenty of choices to match any of your food moods.  You fancy fish?  Try the skate with buerre noisette and capers.  Meat? The bavette is excellent.  Afters?  Perhaps the cheese platter or the delicious homemade ice creams and sorbets.  And with a seasonal menu, if these suggestions aren’t available, there will certainly be more than adequate alternatives.

The idea behind 28-50 is to have basic but well-cooked food with fresh ingredients, which can be matched with wines from around the world.  On this, don’t worry about getting lost; the waiters are well trained and offer good advice.

This is definitively a place to go either for a casual business drink or dinner, or even better, after a busy day at work to unwind.  One thought though, as it is an underground restaurant, you might not want to go on a sunny day.

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