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1 Paul's Walk
Crowned by a “gem” of a terrace, Northbank serves up a panorama of London that reflects modern-day developments, the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge and all. Mind you, the view is equally appealing inside, where booth seating and dressed-up tables provide the backdrop for a contemporary menu that makes much of its Cornish connections. The county’s award-winning Yarg cheese appears in a tart flavoured with saffron, and there’s a terrine of rabbit and foie gras, pointed up with raw fennel and vermouth cream. Maritime hotspots such as Falmouth Bay and Helford provide much of the seafood on offer (monkish in a Thai green curry, say), while Devon Red beef is a cross-border interloper (try the deliciously tender brisket in a clear parsley broth). Desserts such as hot fudge sundae also hit the spot. A selection of mead cocktails hammers home the Cornish theme, and “it’s all in the best possible taste”.
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From: 05 October 2018
To: 30 November 2018
From: 01 October 2018
To: 31 October 2018
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1 Paul's Walk
Mansion House Tube Station 172m
Blackfriars Station 328m
City of London Youth Hostel 103m
Millennium Bridge 130m
Mon-Sat 12N-2.45pm 6-10pm
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Food + drink: 5
Had lunch the Thursday before Christmas, the staff were very friendly and attentive, we both had fish of the day which was halibut and very tasty, the puddings were also great quality - the service was fast but not too fast so ideal for a client lunch and great views over the Thames.
Food + drink: 1
I have visited this restaurant many times previously and was impressed by the food. On my last visit I was very disappointed with the food being presented to me. I had prebooked and read the online menus before attending. On their website it states there is a choice of the a la carte menu, a set menu and two Christmas set menus. When asked for the menus I was told that I could only order from the a la carte menu and if I wanted the set menu I needed to have pre ordered this. I was not advised this when I prebooked. I ordered the crab tian for starters,, the cod and cannelon for main course, and the cheeseboard for dessert. On arrival I also had an irish coffee. All three courses were served cold and tasted very bland, even the coffee was cold. The fish is extremely salty and there was absolutely no taste to the veg, they all tasted the same. As for the cheeseboard the fruit bread is served toasted and tasted burnt and the crackers were so bland they tasted like thin cardboard. My partner ordered the duck salad which was not bad but she wouldn't have it again, the fish of the day for main course which was served whole and just placed on a plate with no topping or some sort of decoration and was full of black stuff as it was not cleaned and for dessert she had the blueberry pavlova with peanut butter milkshake (overly sweet & sickly). We also shared two side dishes of kale & almond salad (bland and tasteless), and the herb mash which again tasted bland with no hint of herbs and seemed to have been overly pureed and tasted like something you would give a baby. I also find it odd that even though I was sat directly opposite the kitchen there was no smell of food being cooked from the kitchen and fresh flavours being used. I would advise you not to waste your money and possibly try a much better restaurant on the other side of the river which myself I will be doing next time.
Food + drink: 2
My pet hate with restaurants (besides the obvious bad food and bad service...) is a restaurant that doesn't know what it wants to be. Northbank has literally no clue.
The menu is very confused. Some dishes suggest a restaurant aiming to be fine dining and others suggest pub grub. I mixed and match to see what worked. Starter was a Lobster ravioli in a broth which was reasonably good in terms of both taste and presentation. However, my main, a simple chicken pie was really underwhelming - not much filling or flavour with a slightly undercooked pastry. Dessert was decent enough - a simple chocolate torte but with black pepper ice cream which I really liked. My boyfriend fared a little worse - his fish was undercooked and his starter of beef and chorizo meatballs contained no chorizo. On a plus side the wine list is very good and reasonably priced.
The service was really quite disappointing. The staff are dressed like hotel silver service staff and they act like it too - no hint of warmth or interest in delivering good service, they just seemed to want to get the job done. We seemed to be served by several different people but often were waiting to have our glasses topped up or it took half an hour to get a coffee.
The restaurant itself is lovely and looks over the Thames but this wouldn't be enough to convince me to return unless they totally overhauled the menu and addressed the staffing issues.
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