Northbank has a marvellous location: by the Thames, at the foot of the Millennium Bridge, with views across to Tate Modern (but not the river, thanks to the embankment wall). It’s a two-fold operation, with a bar at one end next to the large outdoor terrace – both fill with City drinkers come the evening – and a corridor-like restaurant at the other. This is smart and masculine in feel, if slightly soulless, with brown leather booths along one side, cloth-covered tables next to plate-glass windows on the other, and striking bare-bulb chandeliers. We liked the Timorous Beasties wallpaper lining the booths: pastoral toile de jouy at first glance, contemporary London vignettes (tramps, a mugging, the Gherkin) on closer inspection. The menu is short and straightforward, with a focus on West Country ingredients (home of both head chef Peter Woods and owner Christian Butler). Our dishes were mixed: an indifferent spring risotto starter with too much rocket; a main of tender, good-quality lamb; a so-so rice pudding hiding a fat dollop of strawberry jam. The casually dressed waiter was slightly too casual in attitude. When we queried the contents of a dish, he said he was only concerned about what happened outside the kitchen.
One Paul's Walk
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: St Paul's tube/Blackfriars tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £12.50-£22.50. Set meal (lunch, 6-7pm) £10 2 courses.|
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The restaurant is set in a very good location and you would think that they would match the scenery with comparable food. But you would be mistaken, our waiter was rude and certainly did not match up to the "fine dining" service you would expect. I ordered a scallop and pork belly for starters which was very oily but bearable. For the main course i ordered the rib eye steak, I received an uneven piece of meat that i was pretty sure was not a rib eye cut. I ordered a medium rare steak and it was over cooked so i sent it back the waiter stared at me and asked me what I wanted him to do so i told him i wanted what i ordered which was a medium rare rib eye steak. I received a rib eye steak that was rare 10 minutes later, the steak i was given was not only under cooked but was unseasoned and tasted horrible It was as if the chef grabbed the first piece of meat from the fridge and chucked it on a pan for 3 minutes. I gave a piece of it to the friends i was eating with to try it and both of them could not swallow it. I received no apologies for the ruined meal and the waiter didnt seem to care, although the steak was voided, and they seemed to think that that solved everything. The staff at Northbank obviously have no pride or interest in their jobs and are just banking on the location of the restaurant to drive customers in.