Last Updated on July 30, 2021
Three-course set menu with a Beluga Noble Russian Vodka cocktail
There is something rather special about dining at Oxo Tower Restaurant. Whether you are sitting inside or out on their lovely ivy strewn terrace boasts a panoramic vista over the Thames, with a stunning view of St Paul’s and the Post Office Tower to name but a few of the landmarks.
The restaurant is situated on the top floor of the famous OXO Tower, its architecturally designed interior has one wall built entirely of glass which provides a fabulous view, the other wall is hung with contemporary art. The ceiling is covered with aerofoils, there’s a wooden floor and smart navy-blue bucket chairs in both the restaurant and the bar area while tables dressed in white linen complete the elegant look.
Although we are in the middle of a heatwave at the moment, there was a thunderous storm just before we were booked in for dinner so the staff had to quickly reset all the beautifully laid tables on the terrace back indoors. But it really didn’t matter as wherever you sit, you can enjoy the glamorous surroundings, the buzzy atmosphere, and the beautiful view.
The Harvey Nichols restaurant group have created a lovely Summer Dining Set Menu which can be enjoyed at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, OXO Tower Brasserie and at the OXO Tower Restaurant where we went.
The Summer Dining consists of three courses and a Beluga Noble Russian Vodka cocktail and offers something for meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians alike.
We began the evening sipping on a refreshing Red Square with Beluga Noble Vodka, topped with Fever-Tree and Italian blood orange soda complemented by a dash of sweet passion fruit puree. And, a light and summery Noble Lime Spritz with Beluga Noble vodka, charged with Fever-Tree and a tangy Mexican lime soda.
The seasonal starters tasted as good as they looked, my delicious cured beef sat on a juicy bed of watermelon and wild rocket topped with a creamy burrata with some wonderfully rich and salty black olive tapenade on the side.
My companion ate delicate mini smoked haddock fish cakes which were served in a vibrant green chilled cucumber soup, laced with dill, garlic and olive oil.
His starter was followed by a perfectly cooked steamed salmon fillet which worked well with the light and delicate tempura prawn stuffed courgette flower and the crunch of the baby artichoke.
I enjoyed tender slow-cooked Gressingham duck breast sweetened by the textured purée of carrot crumble and served with crisp charred baby gem and a lightly spiced samosa with shredded confit duck.
On the side we went all out with indulgent carbs – hand-cut chips with truffle mayonnaise and luxe and creamy mac and cheese topped with truffle shavings.
The pudding was a decadent affair – a springy and moist blueberry and almond cake with lemon sorbet and a light and wobbly elderflower panna cotta which was served with champagne strawberries and puff pastry.
The Oxo Tower Restaurant offers refined dining in a really beautiful setting, it genuinely has to be one of my favourite London vistas.
It’s the perfect place to come celebrate any occasion and for making it extra special and is also perfectly located if you want to dine before or after an event at one of the South Bank theatres or concert halls.
The Summer Dining Set Menu is available until 30th September and offers three courses together with a cocktail for £39. Oxo Tower Brasserie which is the informal little sister of Oxo Tower Restaurant and the Fifth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols also have a Summer Dining Set Menu at £33 and £25 for three courses and a cocktail at each restaurant respectively.
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