R.S. Hispaniola Spring Menu
I love discovering London’s hidden treasures and recently I discovered one on the Thames itself. R.S Hispaniola is City Cruises’ permanently moored restaurant and bar, located at Victoria Embankment. With stunning views of the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, you can enjoy a drink on the Sun Deck before heading below decks to sample the gastronomic menu in their restaurant.
New Head Chef Barry White recently joined Hispaniola, having worked in kitchens in London, Jamaica and Thailand and last summer he joined 2 Michelin Star chef Tom Kerridge as part of his team at Royal Ascot. His wealth of experience shone through in the dishes we sampled from the new spring menu, with the emphasis heavily on seasonal produce.
To start we sampled the Smoked Mackerel Mousse and the Pan Fried Foie Gras. The mackerel mousse came with marinated beetroot and beetroot crisps and looked pretty enough to grace the table of any fining dining establishment. The mousse was creamy and delicious but we felt it could have come with less of the marinated beetroot and more of the crisps. The Fois Gras was accommpanied by a rhubarb coulis, poached rhubarb and gingerbread. The sharpness of the rhubarb contrasted perfectly with the rich fois gras and balanced out any fattiness.
On offer for main course were the Slow-Cooked Ox Cheek, Corn Fed Chicken Breast with mushroom & tarragon stuffing or the Ravioli of Sun Dried Tomato. The Ravioli came with a salad and looked like Spring on a plate. My dining companion and I chose to eat the Ox Cheek and the Chicken. Both dishes were succulent and extremely tasty. The only slight criticism being that a few more seasonal vegetables would have made both dishes perfect. We fed this back to the chef, so expect to see a little more colour being incorporated into the dishes going forward.
Lastly my companion and I had the Chocolate Tart with vanilla Chantilly cream and Blueberry, Apple & Pistachio Crumble with custard. Again, the dishes were picture perfect and tasted as good as they looked. The chocolate tart had a hint of orange and the pastry was nice and light. The addition of pistachio nuts to the crumble made a subtle and tasty addition to what you would normally expect from a crumble.
The spring menu dishes are priced from £6.00 for starters, £14.50 for mains and £6.00 for desserts, making them pretty good value for the quality of the food. Combined with the location and beautiful views, this is a must for any visitors to London.
To book or for more information visit www.hispaniola.co.uk or call 020 7839 3011.