A standout independent eatery among the chains that litter St Katharine’s Dock, Riverlounge Italian also scores highly for the sheer visual oomph of its setting in a timber-clad pavilion between the wharf and the river. Depending on your table, there are Flickr-ready views of Tower Bridge or rubbernecking close-ups of the big yachts moored on the water – alternatively, you can take in the spectacle from the spacious alfresco terraces. The short menu also does its best to catch the eye: here you will find marinated tuna carpaccio or artichoke ravioli with baby squid before roast quail breast with plum and ricotta risotto or perhaps fillet of cod with saffron shellfish bisque and sautéed mushrooms. To drink, Aperol spritz matches the holiday setting, or you can dip into the affordable, Italian-led wine list. ‘I can’t wait to bring my family here’, concludes one business diner.
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