So we tried this place. We'd booked on a £30 3 course diner offer but seeing what's on the menu, we went 'a la carte'. We started with a few dim sums. They were excellent, easily matching Grand Imperial standards. We then had imperial duck with truffle sauce and the 3 treasures in a pot and another dish I forget the name of, and it was all top standards in presentation and taste. Portions are generous. The meat dishes could have served 2. The wines are expensive though. About the location it's true that the walk from clapham junction is not great but it'll just be a few quids on a cab. And once you are there, the restaurant is on a great stretch of riverside and a nice stroll towards Wandsworth bridge will take you to 2 very nice riverside pubs for afternoon or after diner drinks. Try it on a bright day, it's great. And then you are very close to Wandsworth town station. Recommended
© Jonathan Perugia
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue May 28 2013
Battersea's riverside Hotel Verta describes itself as a ‘hidden gem’. That's a bit of a stretch for a sterile business hotel next to the windswept London Heliport, but quite apt for its new contemporary Chinese restaurant. Located on the road to nowhere at least 15 minutes’ walk through industrial estates from the nearest rail station, Red Pocket is not the most accessible. But executive chef Weng Kong Wong, who last worked at Hakkasan, tries hard to make it worth the special journey. He dishes up the same quality of cooking as the West End hot spot – but with a greater spirit of generosity, and a keener eye for presentation.
The £30 tasting menu of three courses, a side vegetable and rice is good value, offering first-rate fare with even one order plentiful enough for two. A basket of xiao long bao set the tone with seven plump dumplings encased in pastel-hued pastry. A main course of wok-fried beef fillet tumbled from a cage of deep-fried vermicelli, the copious cubes of exquisitely tender meat glistening with an addictive red wine and black pepper sauce. Hand-pulled noodles with shimeji mushroom was another showcase of meticulous handiwork – right down to the painstaking removal of the root ends from every single bean sprout, something few Chinese cooks bother to do. Sweet and sour pork replicated the success of Hakkasan’s popular dish while roast pi pa duck boasted crisp skin deftly carved from the meaty flesh. The team of chefs worked quietly from the gleaming open kitchen, conjuring faultless dishes that were delivered swiftly to well-spaced tables.
Despite the thoughtful red, gold and black décor, the dining room struggles to shake off the buzz-kill of its functional, hotel lobby location. Not a place to see and be seen, but rather, to taste and savour.
Red Pocket Hotel Verta
- Venue phone:
020 7801 3535
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Meals served noon-10.30pm daily
Tube: Clapham Junction tube/rail
Main courses £17-£59. Set meal £48-£108 per person (minimum 2). Meal for two with wine and service: around £95
- Hotel Verta
- 020 7801 3535
- Hotel Verta
- Red Pocket