Northbank

Restaurants , British Mansion House
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Venue says: "Christmas three-course menus from £39.50 per person for groups of 10 or more. NYE dinner bookings: three-courses and Champagne £85pp."

Situated by the Millennium Bridge and facing the Tate Modern, the Shard and Shakespeare’s Globe, Northbank is worth visiting for the views of the Thames and the South Bank alone. That the food is great is almost a bonus.

Northbank offers a modern British menu with a nod to owner Christian Butler's Cornish roots. From Dorset crab and Falmouth Bay scallops, to Tregothnan Estate duck and west-country cheeses, the south-western influence is evident throughout.

A starter of pan-fried scallops with confit chicken wings kicked things off beautifully. It’s not a pairing you come across often, but it works; the soft, sweet scallops balanced perfectly with the salty crispiness of the wings.

The mains are where Northbank really shines. Red mullet with roasted Jerusalem artichoke, truffle purée and artichoke crisps is a triumph; delicate, yet full of fascinating flavours and textures. The cauliflower and truffle risotto with parmesan crisps was another highlight; surprisingly light yet ridiculously moreish. A side of cauliflower cheese arrived at the table still bubbling – gums were blistered, but it was worth it.

The desserts don't disappoint, either, with a rum and passion fruit soufflé as light and fluffy as a cloud. The Northbank ‘Viennetta’ with honeycomb, meanwhile, is a nostalgia-pricking treat, executed with elegance.

The cocktails at Northbank deserve a shout out, too, not least because there’s a whole section dedicated to drinks made with Cornish mead. Try the Honey Mead Rise, which teams the sweet brew with vodka, riesling, lemon juice and thyme.

With warm and unhurried service, creative cocktails and refined dishes, Northbank is an ideal spot for both business, pleasure and even – thanks to that view – dinner for one.

Venue name: Northbank
Contact:
Address: One Paul's Walk
London
EC4V 3QH
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.
Transport: Tube: Mansion House tube/St Paul's tube/Blackfriars tube/rail
Price: Starters £6.50-£11. Main courses £16.50-£38.
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Terry P

A great place for our special occasion meal. Excellent service, with a warm welcome at the bar. Cocktails looked delicious but we selected different wines by the glass to complement he fabulous food. We shared a cheeseboard, watching the darkening sky as the lights came on at the Shard. Can't wait for a warmer day to enjoy the terrace!

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Tastemaker

The first time I visited Northbank was when I had our work Christmas party here. 
I was pleasantly surprised with the food (especially at such a hectic time of year when food quality is so unpredictable) and the service we all received was fantastic too. The views are stunning and are the perfect backdrop to some lovely photos! The space that we were all in was perfect too... not too small so we were all cramped but equally not too big to lose the atmosphere. 
I will certainly be returning for mid-week catch ups with friends!

Mr Mister

Fantastic lunch - really enjoyed this place and can't wait to go back when the sun is out.

sam wong

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.