Our Guide to the Best Restaurants to Indulge at in South Bank
We've come up with a list of restaurants in the South Bank area where you can truly indulge your tastebuds .... and your waistband!
This winter, SKYLON serves a delicious seasonal Sunday Feast menu. Enjoy all the usual English classics courtesy of Head Chef Tom Cook, and celebrate that Sunday feeling with a glass or two of prosecco. Start with a seasonal appetiser; moving on to roast Angus Cross beef hailing from Speyside, Scotland with all the trimmings and carved at the table. Finish off with desserts to die for to complete the Sunday feasting. Head to SKYLON every Sunday from noon- 3.30pm (final booking 3.30pm). 2 courses priced at £25, 3 courses £30 with unlimited Prosecco at £15pp. Luxury comes as standard at SKYLON, and we haven’t even mentioned the view!
Sea Containers at Mondrian London
South Bank’s newest creative restaurant combines the best of England and America, with New York Chef Seamus Mullen at the helm. Inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel and locally sourced produce, seasonal dishes include grilled whole sea bream citrus herb salad, preserved lemon dressing and of course, at this time of year, roasted Norfolk turkey mushroom pine nut stuffing, crispy fried Brussels sprouts, sobrassada sausage, roasted potatoes and turkey sherry vinaigrette. We sure agree with their passion for “cooking with delicious things that can make us feel better”!
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House at National Theatre
House serves a contemporary take on classic restaurant dishes in stylish surroundings, perfect for pre or post-show dining. Their mains are a tantalizing mix of dishes such as wild boar hotpot with savoy cabbage, whole grilled lemon sole & caper butter or bavette steak, chips & béarnaise sauce. Really throw caution to the wind and the diet out of window by trying the cocoa meringue with hot chocolate mousse or blackberry trifle with lemon curd, cinder toffee & marshmallows for pudding. If you’re seeing a show, they even offer you the option to order your dessert to be served to your table during the interval – does it get much more dedicated than that?
The food and service at Brasserie Joel was recently awarded 9/10 by renowned Times food critic Giles Coren. If you don’t trust his hallowed opinion, a quick glance at the menu will have you convinced. Dine en français sampling dishes such as chargrilled côte de boeuf with rocket and potatos or a vegetables fricassée with mange tout, morels mushrooms and soba noodles. For dessert there are French classics like macaroons and crème brulée. You’ll think you’re in the centre of Paris, not the centre of London. Zut alors! We’re sold!
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
When dining at Gillray’s you’ll feel like you’re in a Richard Curtis movie, so quintessentially English are your surroundings, and the food! Wood panelled walls frame the windows through which you can enjoy panoramas of the River Thames and vistas across to the House of Parliament and Big Ben. Raised in Yorkshire, their beef is about as British as it gets. You can enjoy sirloin, skirt, rib-eye or t-bone, complimented by some special extras such as baked bone marrow or Cornish oyster fritters.
For something truly special, you can also hold a private party in one of the London Marriott County Hall’s historic rooms and enjoy ‘Chef’s Winter Carvery’ served at your table. Included in the £95 per person, are delicious treats including a Winter Warmer Cocktail and Chef’s Seasonal Carvery featuring a choice of Prime Rib, Turkey, Lamb or Pork ‘ One Joint for all to Share’. This is the ideal opportunity to warm yourself up in the cosy confines of these iconic rooms.
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
On the eighth floor of the OXO Tower, OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie's spectacular 250-foot terrace offers breathtaking views of the city, which complement the finest pan-Asian and modern British cuisine. Choose from delicious dishes including Kentish Crown Prince pumpkin soup, Westcombe curd & yellow chanterelles or why not try the Châteaubriand, Aligot mashed potato, fondant organic carrots, sautéed wild mushrooms, beef essence?
Not only do they offer fine dining that includes an extensive vegetarian/vegan menu, you can also drop in for one of their renowned Not Afternoon Teas.