Yesterday evening it was my auntâ€™s birthday and my sister and I treated her to a surprise dinner at the River Restaurant in the Savoy, so if you've ever thought of going there for a meal read on.
We were taken to a dimly lit room that had a romantic art deco-feel to it, black and white cubically patterned tiles, square mirrored pillars with a large window at the back displaying the dreary view of the River Thames. We insisted on having a table by the window in the hope that weâ€™d enjoy the view as the weather calmed, but the trees outside looked so helpless as they were violently thrust by the merciless rainy wind, I eventually opted to swap seats with my sister and back the window. Honestly I canâ€™t wait for summer!
Inside the lovely restaurant however , jazz music played softly in the background leaving room for conversation without raised voices. Our waiters were polite and engaging (not too chatty) they knew when to retreat. In no time we had chosen what we wanted and were good to go.
Iâ€™m usually not adventurous with my cocktails but itâ€™s my new thing to try as many exotic drinks as I can when Iâ€™m out. So while we were waiting for the food I had a Perfect 10, a tequila based cocktail with the sugary sharp twang of pineapple. Because I have a sweet tooth I always request for drinks with flavours that disguise the alcohol content and this nicely fit the profile.
Before our starter arrived, we were treated to a complementary Foie Gras Parfait, served with an apple gel and strawberry salsa. It was a soft spoon sized delight, which offered a surprise of salty, sweet and tangy with every spoonful.
For my starter I had the Pan roasted scallops with pickled butternut squash with rocket and almonds, which was delicious! The 3 giant scallops, were succulent, every mouthful lightly flavoured with tiny cubes of butternut squash.
My main course was the sufficiently portioned butter poached lobster with lyonnaise potato and heirloom tomatoes. Delicious, spongy and not at all drowned in seasoning. It left me wanting more.
My dessert was a banana crÃ¨me brulee which I found a little disappointing. I was expecting a little banana mix served in a ramekin with a twist. But I think the twist went too far. It was beautifully served on a plate and not in the little bowl. A tiny scoop of coffee ice cream sitting on a crispy base placed next to what looked like a fashionably cut strip of brazened banana. It was alright, but looked better than it tasted. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend it for a quality night out.
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