Lunch at Northbank restaurant
Londoners love a new restaurant and, with a handful opening every week, it wouldn't be hard to eat at a new place every day if you so pleased. But, if you only ever stuck to eating at the latest new joints, then you'll miss out on some truly fantastic places that have been open for quite some time. You know what they say about oldies being goodies...
Case in point, Northbank Restaurant.
Northbank opened in 2007 alongside The Thames. The location is actually pretty fantastic for those wanting to tick off good food with views and tourist attractions. St Paul's Cathedral is mere strides away, the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's The Globe are quick walks along the Millennium Bridge and towering over everything is The Shard. Northbank has recently welcomed classically trained chef John Harrison as Head Chef who puts his own spin on the restaurant's Modern British menu with Cornish influence. And I have to say... it's brilliant. Truly one of the most delicious meals I've had in a long time.
The restaurant itself is smart but not stiff, and popular with the City crowd thanks to its postcode. When we arrived, the room was packed full of business men and women sipping and eating their lunch hours away. Though very much not part of the suit-wearing scene, Amber and I didn't feel out of place and were made comfortable immediately by the very accommodating staff. Starting off with a health-boosting 'Juice of the Day' and some of the kitchen's fresh-from-the-oven bread rolls.
Our starters were beautiful. My Scallops with mushroom and truffle breadcrumbs were simply divine with the perfect blend of flavours, whilst Amber's Braised Pork Cheek with hog's pudding scotch egg and brown sauce was all kinds of melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Next courses were a beautiful plate of Seared Duck Breast with root vegetables and Slow Cooked Lamb with buttered mash which was just. out. of. this. world. Heaven. And went verrrry nicely with our red grape juice flown in from Italy.
Finally whatever you do, make sure you save room for dessert. Specifically, make sure you pick the Sticky Date Pudding with black treacle caramel and iced creme fraiche which really was as tasty as it looks without being overpowering or sickly sweet. Though I managed to get green-eyed with envy at Amber's Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pie with coffee ice cream and toasted peanuts... so maybe have that too!
A truly sublime meal and one that I would certainly recommend for any that really wants some fantastic food. Northbank doesn't follow any of the latest food trends, or provide anything quirky, but it does give you some classic British food done very very well.