Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Skylon Restaurant

On Saturday night I was taken to Skylon, a restaurant located within the Royal Festival Hall. The restaurant includes a floor to ceiling glass window that overlooks the South Bank and River Thames. Being afraid of heights, I made sure Paul reserved a table in the middle of the restaurant rather than near the edge!

The service was very good - our coats were taken to the cloakroom as soon as we arrived, our waiter answered all our questions about the menu and helped advise us about the best desserts. Our wine was topped up (cleverly) as soon as the contents in our glass started to get low but we weren't pushed to buy another bottle.

The food was delicious. 

To start I had the Pumpkin Soup although I'd never tried pumpkin before. It was served in a very small bowl with a very wide rim but it was just enough to go with the complimentary bread. Paul had the Chicken Broth with Ricotta Tortellini which was also good (although I don't like chicken).

For the main course I had the Caramelised Lamb Shoulder with Spiced Couscous and Red Onions. The portion of lamb was massive, although the couscous was pretty scarce. The meat was very tender and cooked beautifully. Paul had the Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Parmesan Polenta and Cider Sauce. He thought it was a little under-cooked but ate most of it happily despite this - I should note here that Paul is a bit paranoid about meat being under-cooked so likes everything well done. I think it was fine! We also had green beans on the side (nice but you can't really go wrong with beans).

Choosing the dessert was more difficult because we wanted most of them! We finally chose the dessert of the day - Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream - and Catalan Rice Pudding with Orange Zest, Vanilla, Fennel and Mandarin Sorbet. Both equally scrumptious!

The atmosphere was relaxed but chic - with a mixture of valentines couples, bankers and city types, middle aged men and women and young proffessionals. The bill was reasonable for the food and wine and I'd happily go back there (although only for a special occasion).


NB: Images from Skylon wesbite

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