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|Address:||Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH|
|Tel:||020 3589 4537|
|Price: £68.00||Wine: £22.50||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3pm) 6-11pm (Sat 5.30pm- Sun -10pm)|
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After reading through the amazing reviews of this restaurant I am left wondering if there is another Oxo Tower I mistakenly went to. I was really excited to treat my boyfriend on his birthday to an amazing meal with beautiful views. The views are spectacular and I cannot argue with that but I am wondering if the chef working on the night had even taking cullinary lessons for beginners! The night started off with a polite waiter, he alerted us to the fact there was blue lighting and this would make any red meat look blue, I accepted this not realising that when my boyfriends Veal Carpaccio came out it looked like it died of Spanish Influenza is the 1900s. He was brave enough to give it a whirl although I did wonder how he would feel the next day (he was actually fine). I ordered the Lobster Tempura which was fine… if it hadnt been served in a tiny bowl with consume in the bottom. It was very difficult to cut without dunking it in the soup and making it soggy and also without the bowl tipping over. I was left wondering if the chef had attempted to eat this himself. Then to top it off a cold and white, frothy lobster salad on the side. What was that for? The components just didnt go together, It was like serving a seabass with a big mac on the side.
For main I had Lamb three ways, which of course came out looking a nice shade of contaminated blue. The noisette was edible, sorry I have nothing more exciting to say about it, shephards crumble tasted awful and left me with a slight vomit taste and there was liver on the side that left a lot to be desired. My boyfriends duck was over cooked and tasteless which I never would have expected from a place like this. The dessert platter did go part way to salvaging a disappointing evening but when the bill came I was left with a pit in my stomach. I had paid something similar at Rhodes 24 a few weeks earlier for my Dads birthday and didnt begrudge a penny of it, but to pay £184 for 2 people and feel that I would have enjoyed a chinese takeway more left me with a very bitter taste. What's more is the waiter really didn't seem to care that I left half of what was on my plate, promised us a table at the bar but as soon as we had paid the bill and ridiculous service charge promptly told us there was no room.
Maybe I was just there when they were having a bad evening but I wouldn't risk it again. I advise anyone looking for a memorable night with fantastic views and first class food to head to Rhodes 24.