Open Hours: 12:30p-2:30p Su-Sa, 7p-11p M-Th, 7p-11:15p F, Sa
The River Cafe, the former kitchens of TV chef Jamie Oliver, is positively bursting with life. It's lively, chic and dotted with celebrities - ... More
The River Cafe, the former kitchens of TV chef Jamie Oliver, is positively bursting with life. It's lively, chic and dotted with celebrities - ensuring its place on London's A-list. Order your favourites from the cook books, like roast grouse, risotto and other brilliant renditions of the modern Italian repertoire.
the food is absolutley delicious, you can sit outside or inside. It is a very spacious restaurant with fast service. the waiters and waitresses are very polite and willing to please. Although it may be quite pricey it is worth every penny. They provide you with good bread and the deserts are divine. It is a quiet and peaceful, restaurant and i would not recomend it to people who like loud busy places. It is a restaurant where you can get simple yet delicious food.
examples of things on the menu:
Mozzarella di Bufala - with squashed ridged tomato bruschetta with wild oregano, basil
and Selvapiana extra virgin olve oil olive oil
roasted yellow peppers, smashed cannellini beans, spinach & rocket with oil and lemon,
grilled red chilli and golden marjoram
Tagliatelle con Funghi - fresh pasta with Scottish girolles, parsley, garlic and parmesan
wild Scottish salmon stuffed with rosemary branches & baked whole in sea salt, with aioli and Swiss chard & peas sott'olio
wood-roasted veal chop with rosemary & lemon, Italian spinach and pan-fried Scottish girolles
chargrilled and thinly sliced Longhorn beef fillet with fresh horseradish & crÃ¨me fraiche, baked borlotti beans with red wine vinegar and large leaf rocket
wild Sea bass fillet baked in the bag with basil, lemon & vermouth, with Casteluccio lentils & samphire
examples of desserts:
Almond Tart with Fresh Strawberries
Pannacotta with Grappa & Raspberries
Black Currant Sorbet
Hazelnut Ice Cream
River Café summer pudding with Valpolicella
The River Cafe is simply a gem. My husband and I went for lunch, and every bite was outstanding. It's obvious that Rose and Ruth are very serious about the quality and freshness of their ingredients, from appetizers right on through dessert and cheese. Our only "regret" is that we weren't there during the summer. Our imaginations told us that the whole dining experience would be even further enhanced when the garden outside is in bloom.
From arrival to an all too quick end, lunch was quite simply divine. Our server was as enthusiastic as we were about the food and the wine. It's refreshing to eat out and discuss the menu with staff who know good food. We were in luck also as Rose Gray was at the helm, it was a joy to watch as the kitchen ran smoothly and efficiently. The quality of the food was on par with Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, without the fine dining element. I don't think one can argue about the price, I'm happy to pay for food that is lovingly brought from source to plate with simplicitiy. How wonderful not to see the dreaded word "jus" appear on a menu. Well done to Rose & Ruth and your wonderful crew.