The Folly situated in Bank is no new destination for me, neither are its sisters The Parlour (best for cocktail meets) and The Refinery (ideal for working lunches).
The menu covers absolutely everything from Lobster Po-Boy’s to Indonesian Fish Curry. But contrary to my personal belief that a smaller menu means better results, The Folly does exceed despite having so many strings to its bow. I especially appreciate that extra thought has gone into the flavours and ingredients in the salads (no boring chicken caesar here), I strongly recommend the Foragers Salad with Prawn Lollipops. This said the apricot and parma salad could do with some form of dressing.
If you are looking for a lighter bite i recommend a couple of the flat breads to share (Peking duck!) and some of the perfectly cooked deep fried calamari rings, mmm.
The menu, as far as I have experienced, is the same across the five destinations which means after the first visit you won’t be quite as daunted by the mammoth selection.
The space in the Folly itself is large, light and airy but with a feel that is still intimate and friendly. It’s a space with quite a lot to discover. The main floor houses the restaurant, a small cocktail “hut”, a spacious bar with an impressive honeycomb wine display. While downstairs you can find another bar that becomes a vibrant watering hole for city types on thursday nights.
Tip: the little tags on the Tree in the toilet give you money off or two-for-one on cocktails at the smaller bar upstairs. Feels like theiving but it’s worth the guilty conscience.
41 Grace st, London, EC3V OBT