It’s been almost two years to the day from my first proper meal at Northbank in London. I remember it so well. It was a great meal with lovely company.
This year, we (CookSister and I) went along to try their new menu from Head Chef John Harrison, who is originally from Lancashire. John took up residence at the end of last year. He is a classically trained chef and has worked in many prominent places in and around London.
John’s repertoire is mainly modern British with traditional French influences, and we learned that his favourite ingredient is crab. If you have never been to Northbank, you are missing out on great views of iconic London architecture and fantastic food. Northbank is ideally located on the north side of the Thames by the Millenium Bridge. A stone’s throw from the City of London, it overlooks South Bank Shakespeare’s Globe, and it has magnificent views of the Shard. Not bad, hey?
Northbank is celebrating ten years in business this year. The owner, Christian Butler (ex-Adam Street and Baltic) is from Cornwall, and the menu is created around the Cornish fishing influence and displaying ingredients from Christian’s hometown of Falmouth and surrounding areas. Fresh fish is delivered daily from boats off the Cornish coast straight to Northbank.
On the evening visited, the service was very charming. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The bar is well stocked, and we had a creative and a classic drink to start with. Mine was a Manhattan!
The next time you are strolling by the Thames and fancy a drink or two and a delicious meal, stop by Northbank; you won’t be disappointed.
The Dinner at Northbank
|Soft and pillowy Blini topped lemony smoked salmon pate – Full of flavour|
|Roasted Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms with Truffle Butter and Tarragon|
Roasted Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms with Truffle Butter and Tarragon – the scallops were quite big and cooked to perfection with a crunchy topping – lots of textures – love it!
|Truro Black Pudding with Crispy Duck Egg Yolk, Potato and Mustard Mousse|
Truro Black Pudding with Crispy Duck Egg Yolk, Potato and Mustard Mousse – what a fantastic choice by Cooksister! and beautifully presented and tasty!
|Braised Cornish Lamb Neck with Crisp Sweetbreads|
Braised Cornish Lamb Neck with Crisp Sweetbreads and Carrot, Pistachio Crumb – another beautiful plate – the lamb was incredibly juicy and tender; sweetbreads were delicate, creamy morsels with a crisp case. The pistachio crumb was a nice touch!
|Lemon Sole and Prawns with Glazed Mash and Slow Cooked Leeks|
Lemon Sole and Prawns with Glazed Mash and Slow Cooked Leeks –
Fresh light Sole, the prawns were excellent and plump – I love mash, and this one was terrific with the addition of leeks, so seasonal!
Cauliflower, Leek and Smoked Bacon Gratin – a special mention here: This side dish is fabulous! Please try it and be amazed! Simple but sooo tasty!
|West Country Cheese
Slate with Fruit Chutney
My choice: West Country Cheese
Slate with Fruit Chutney, Water Crackers and Grapes – love cheeses and
this platter didn’t disappoint.
|Rhubarb Crumble Soufflé with Poached Rhubarb and Custard|
Rhubarb Crumble Soufflé with Poached Rhubarb and Custard – a grand but delicate soufflé with a soft centre rhubarb pieces and the silky custard was rather delectable. Highly recommended!
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Disclosure: I was a guest of Northbank. All opinions and words are my own.