I was given the opportunity by squaremeal to write a blog post about Northbank. The prize included a cocktail on arrival, 6 course tasting menu and paired wines.
Northbank opened in 2007 and offer modern Cornish influenced British cuisine. Ingredients are sourced from Falmouth and surrounding areas of Cornwall. And the daily delivered fresh fish is sourced off the Cornish coast.
Northbank is located near the Millennium bridge. I had walked from Victoria so was quite parched and welcomed my recommended cocktail of the week, an Amaretto Salisa. My husband had a Pear of the Caribbean. Both cocktails were absolutely delicious, they were so good they were gone in less than 60 seconds! Priced at £8.50 I think that's very good value for such a great tasting drink.
We were seated at a romantic table for two at the window. Northbank have a prime riverside location. From our table we had a great view of the South Bank, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, The Shard and Millennium Bridge. This side of the river definitely has the better view.
I adore the wallpaper here, it's a modern twist on the willow pattern (the old fashioned blue and white painted porcelain). The print is on the menu too. The green images remind me of the lyrics to Lily Allen's song LDN.
We were given bread and an amuse bouche of carrot, honey and ginger soup. The bread was freshly baked and so lovely and warm.
First course of the tasting menu was Devon red beef carpaccio with red wine braised octopus and sweet baby onions
Traditionally carpaccio is thinly sliced raw meat. This was a generous chunk. The braised octopus was beautifully soft and served as a whole tentacle. I love the way you can see each little sucker. Baby onions were spot on. It was a great modern twist on a surf and turf.
Second course Pan fried Seabass with cockles, clams and seaweed crumb.
The skin on the fish was incredible, perfectly crispy and crunchy I almost thought I was eating chicken skin. It was amazing! Seabass is one of my favourite fish as it's not overly fishy. The addition of the cockles gave it the fishy kick, I must admit I sneaked these onto my husband's plate as I'm still a bit fussy with seafood.
Next up Confit rabbit, foie gras and chorizo terrine with fennel salad and vermouth cream.
The terrine had a very meaty texture so the cream on the side made the texture smoother. The foie gras was quite subtle but the chorizo had a lovely tingly heat. This was a really good dish, it's nice to see rabbit on a menu as its such a great ingredient but not seen that often.
Next course was the Cornish catch of the day! Consisting of Sea trout and crab gnocchi.
The fish again had a perfectly crispy skin. The gnocchi was delicious. The crab gave it such a lovely sweetness. Definitely a highlight of the meal.
Roasted guinea fowl with smoked bacon, gem lettuce and broad beans was the next course.
This dish tasted great and looked fantastic. The pink bacon and green lettuce look so good together on a plate. This was a great combination of flavours, colours and textures.
Next desserts, there were two to choose from so we ordered one each.
I had the Bakewell soufflé with cherry sorbet, hubby had the Perry jelly with summer fruits and elderflower ice cream.
Perfect soufflé and a gorgeously cherrytastic sorbet. I loved this dessert. And after all that food it worked well as it was light and fresh. The jelly dessert was lovely too especially the accompanying ice cream.
My husband and I declined coffee as we had a train to catch from Blackfriars, which is conveniently a five minute walk away.
Our Northbank experience was fantastic. The staff are all so happy and enthusiastic which is reflected in the attentive service. Each of our courses was matched perfectly with wine. A wine paring is not offered with the tasting menu but can be arranged on request. I always go for this option as its a great way to try out new wines. The location is amazing, riverside in the city, what more could you ask for? On the opposite side of the river are the generic chain restaurants, I almost wanted to shout to their customers to cross the bridge for some decent food!
Our tasting menu was priced at £55 per person. This is incredible value and the portions are huge compared to most tasting menus.
I can't recommend Northbank enough. Good value, great location, amazing food and attentive service. My husband and I were made to feel like VIPs.
Thank you to Square Meal and Northbank for the complimentary meal, this has no reflection on my option of the restaurant