Northbank riverside restaurant and the spectacular Thames.
Walking past the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral then down towards the river, I couldn’t help but marvel at the magnificent views of the Thames, the Tate Modern, the Shard and the Millennium Bridge. The sun was setting and the sky was alight with an extraordinary array of colours. I was making my way to Northbank riverside restaurant and bar, just a stone’s throw away from the bridge, ideally situated right on the banks of the River Thames with tremendous views from both inside and on their outdoor terrace.
Northbank has recently appointed a new head chef, Michael McDaid, who started his career at Galvin at Windows; he has worked in the industry for more than 14 years at renowned restaurants, including Maze and New York’s The Spotted Pig.
Here at Northbank, Michael McDaid presents a modern London brasserie-style menu, sourcing the best fresh seasonal ingredients available. Dishes include a selection of classics along with a carefully curated shellfish section and Cornish-inspired specials, and some indulgent desserts and an Express Menu for those quick business lunches and pre-theatre dinners.
Northbank Restaurant also boasts a stunning newly decorated bar where you can enjoy a wide selection of cocktails, including the signature rum-based Poldark Punch, a carefully selected wine list, West Country ciders and real ales.
We sat and enjoyed a Northbank Mary- a smoky Bloody Mary mix with lemon thyme and lime infused Uluvka vodka, and an excellent G & T from their quirky Cornish Gin menu, I chose one of the small producers called Trevethan it had notes of juniper and elderflower and was served with tonic, orange peel, juniper berries and a sprig of rosemary.
Both the riverside restaurant and bar have a contemporary meets Retro 70s feel decor, with mood evoking low lighting, a long glistening bar, the walls are hung with London scenes print wallpaper and there are fantastic window views throughout. The seating area is a mix of cubicles with banquettes and dark wood tables, very relaxed and unpretentious.
Once seated in the restaurant, we considered eating from the Express Menu of smoked salmon and minute steak and pistachio pannacotta, but as we weren’t in a hurry we opted for the regular brasserie menu instead, which delivers a larger selection of British modern cuisine.
We started with a sharing seafood platter – a very generous portion of delicious smoked halibut, mackerel and salmon, whitebait, freshly cooked plaice goujons with a creamy homemade tartar sauce and chunks of lemon. Our food was accompanied by a light and lemony bottle of Grillo, Rapitalá Italy 2017.
For mains, I chose the 28 day aged tender cut sirloin steak which was cooked to perfection and served with a classic peppercorn sauce while my companion’s pan-fried hake was light, flaky and full of flavour.
These were accompanied by fresh mixed leaf and tomato salads and some crisp hand-cut chips.
Once I’d spotted the Bakewell tart with crème fraîche, I couldn’t resist indulging, it’s my absolute favourite; it didn’t disappoint, it was fruity, moist and scrumptious!
I always love being by the river and eating at a riverside restaurant; it never fails to inspire, so Northbank Restaurant is a great discovery. It’s perfectly located for post-work cocktails and after-dinner drinks or pre-theatre dinner. It’s less than 10 minutes walk from The Globe and around 18 minutes from the National Theatre. Or, you can take your time, as we did, and enjoy a relaxed unrushed evening eating good brasserie-style food, along with a spectacular view of the Thames.
1 Paul’s Walk,
London EC4V 3QH
T: 020 7329 9299
Other Northbank restaurants with a view that you might consider include Vintry and Mercer which has a fabulous rooftop bar and restaurant and Duck and Waffle, which may not be anywhere close to the river, but is high enough to have outstanding views across the city and down to the Thames. And finally, we love High Timber, a glorious South African riverside restaurant right on the Thames with some of the best South African wines in London