Sea Containers at Mondrian London 22

SquareMeal Review of Sea Containers at Mondrian London

Built in 1977, Sea Containers House was a landmark long before Mondrian, but the US-based boutique hotel chain has done a good job of enhancing the building’s grandeur with a cruise-ship sized dining room that’s wittily decorated with, among other things, a yellow submarine suspended above the bar. Since opening in 2014, the menu’s all-encompassing range has been reined in a little, and it’s now focused on doing fewer things well. Small plates might promise crab on toast with avocado and pickled jalapeños, while salads look particularly enticing – shaved mushrooms with pine nuts, cheese and brown butter vinaigrette, for example. We also like the idea of large ‘family’ plates to share, such as double-cut heritage pork chop or leg of lamb roasted in the clay oven (enough for three people). Desserts tend to be witty takes on the classics, from profiteroles to rhubarb tart with Champagne jelly. “Amazing service” earns bonus points.

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Sea Containers at Mondrian London is recommended for

Big And Bold | Buzzy | Cool | Glamorous | Widely Spaced Tables | Child Friendly | Group Dining 8 Plus | Special Occasions Under 40S | Afternoon Eating | Breakfast | Brunch | Outside Seating | Waterside

Special offers

Bank holiday Bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary £18

Enjoy 1.5 hours of bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary's. Must be dining and order a main course brunch item.

From: 07 May 2018

To: 27 August 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary £18

Enjoy 1.5 hours of bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary's. Must be dining and order a main course brunch item.

From: 01 January 2018

To: 31 July 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

2/3 courses & bubbles £24/£28

From a set menu. Excludes all major holidays.

From: 14 September 2017

To: 31 May 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Blackfriars Tube Station 405m

Southwark Tube Station 490m

Address

Address: 20 Upper Ground , London SE1 9PD

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Opening times

Mon-Fri 7-11am 12-11pm Sat-Sun 7-11.30am 12-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

OXO Tower 84m

Blackfriars Bridge 302m

Details

Telephone: 020 3747 1063

Website:

Cuisine: International

Private Dining: 22

6.8

Food & Drink: 6.4

Service: 6.8

Atmosphere: 7.1

Value: 5.3

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 15 February 2018

Have no doubt, Mondrian London is a destination hotel with wonderful design, stunning riverside views and a very cool bar. However, the restaurant could best be described as work in progress, with scope for improvement. In keeping with the rest of the venue, the look of the restaurant is not in question, with large floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the Thames, spacious tables and some neat touches (check the yellow submarine suspended above the bar). Maybe with such a backdrop and a steady stream of hotel guests to occupy the space, the rest does not matter, but we felt more could be done with the menu, while service might also merit improvement. Begin with the menu and bewildering would be the best word to describe it. In keeping with the current fad, all dishes are ostensibly designed for sharing (even if this may not be very practical with, say, a burger). The menu is then split into veggie, fish and meat sections, with each segment grouped into smaller and larger options. I’m all for choice, but our group of four was stumped as to exactly how we should mix and match. A number of the smaller dishes struck us as conceivable mains and vice versa, while pricing was no guide, with there being some seemingly anomalous items (flatbread for £13 appeared dear, while cured salmon at £12 a potential bargain). Eventually we settled on a couple of dishes to share to kick things off and then one apparent main each. Our dishes were relatively uncontroversial (think risotto, roasted John Dory or steak) and were executed competently, even if they did not wow. A couple of our party noted that, if anything, portion sizing was too generous or the dish perhaps too rich. Maybe there is something to be said for the idea of less being more. Finally, a note on service. We had a great wine list from which to choose, but it was disappointing to see that the white wine was brought to the table at an utterly undrinkable temperature. In general terms, it was hard to attract the attention of the servers and we had to endure some rather long waits. This is fine if you want to take in the view, but can be frustrating for the more discerning diner.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Sarah E. bronze reviewer 10 April 2017

Enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast at the Mondrian hotel this Saturday was a perfect way to end our stay although quite expensive the food on offer was a wide variety from cooked to continental and the chef was happy to make you something if you wanted also, staff are very attentive which makes for a pleasant atmosphere also the table we had was a window side view looking out over the river, I was celebrating a birthday so felt like a special effort was made to make things nice for us.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Sonya . 01 December 2016

I have been to the venue on a number of occasions, great for cocktails on a date night or with the girls. Views are always lush, especially this time if year. I've been wanting to eat here for sometime, the dinning area has a nice atmosphere and décor is nice through the venue, relaxed vibe for dinning, a little noisy at times but to be expected in a large dinning area. As someone who dines out a lot in various venues I thought the menu was over priced for what it is. Saying that the quality of food is nice, but still overpriced in my opinion and I am not someone who is shy on splurging out on a good meal. Some love designer handbags I love designer food. The service staff were friendly, rushed of there feet, and consequently a couple of errors with cocktail orders but easy to forgive them when they are so nice.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 1.0

Jan d. bronze reviewer 26 July 2016

This place certainly has sparkle and razmatazz but milks it far too much! The surroundings are very sexily zingy, the background music hip and laid back, the lighting subdued in places, in others too garish (choose your table very carefully) all of which creates a good vibe and dining atmosphere. The food is good without being extraordinarily so but the prices are definitely loaded hotel wise. But by far the biggest downer on this place (and, in my opinion, a good enough reason to avoid the place until they put it right) is the wine list which is full of very mediocre wines, the majority of which are fantastically overpriced. Those which aren't, are just expensive! In short, go there for a drink in the cocktail bar upstairs, stay the night but eat elsewhere!!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

arlette l. 05 July 2015

We ate here for sunday brunch. Tables are great for gatherings. The place was empty still by the time we left at 2.30pm. The service was ok. A DJ in the room with two tables full in the main restaurant. The food was ok. Shame we were not advised by telephone that on sunday's there is only a brunch menu. A little limited in choice. Would I go here again? No.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

chris J. bronze reviewer 15 March 2015

I went to this restaurant for a lazy Friday afternoon lunch with a valued client. We ordered some crab to start which was passable and then a sharing plate of t-bone. We requested English mustard and Mayonnaise to go with the huge slabs of meat. The waiter brought over several jars of mustard/mayo, rather like a sachet of ketchup in Burger King. It's a small point but it ruined the whole experience as we became focused on why a restaurant of this supposed quality can't be ar**d to make it's own mayonnaise or supply some artisan mustard.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

GH platinum reviewer 03 March 2015

Wonderful view, unusual menu as most things are sharing. Steak was good but cold. Service lacks warmth. Otherwise buzzy atmosphere. Alright if you are in the area but not worth making a special trip.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Monikasays gold reviewer 05 February 2015

I spotted the new larger than life glitzy Mondrian hotel from the north side of the Thames and thought definitely one for the 'must do' list. The cab took us the back way into the main cavernous foyer which was grand but cool. Meander through naval imagery to the sea containers restaurant with those inviting cosy velvet booths. The sheer size, drama and glitziness is reminiscent of the kind of place you expect to see in NY or Hong Kong. This place is great for a glam night out with couples or the gals, sink a few cocktails in the hotel bar dandelyan and saunter round the corner to the restaurant.The food is a mish mash of dishes including intriguing truffly mushrooms and hunks of meat, yummy wraps etc . Service was a little off... waited 30 mins for my fizz hmmm. This place is more about the surroundings and the energy around but definitely worth a visit for a big night out.

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The private dining room at Sea Containers comes with its own secluded south-facing terrace, and can host up to 22 guests for a sit-down dinner. The space can be closed off with glazed sliding doors that offer privacy, yet allow for a degree of visibility through to the main restaurant. A range of Feast Menus are available for guests.

Private Dining Room
Capacity: 22
Special offers

Bank holiday Bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary £18

From: 07 May 2018

To: 27 August 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary £18

From: 01 January 2018

To: 31 July 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

2/3 courses & bubbles £24/£28

From: 14 September 2017

To: 31 May 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.