RSJ

  • Restaurants
  • Traditional French
Critics' choice
Southbank

RSJ can appear to occupy a world of its own beside the artsy agglomeration and traffic of the South Bank. Its mellow cosiness seems more akin to somewhere much further upriver: Chiswick, say, or even Henley-on-Thames. The style and softly coloured decor haven’t changed for a while, but this is probably how regulars (who rely on the restaurant for relaxed lunches and pre- or post-theatre dinners) like it. Food consistently displays high levels of skill and refinement in preparation and the sourcing of seasonal ingredients. From the excellent-value all-day set menu, a ham hock terrine with piccalilli was lovely, earthily textured and subtly flavoured without a hint of excess acidity; pan-roasted chicken supreme with olive oil mash was not so outstanding, yet still very pleasant. Splash out a bit more on the carte and you really see what the kitchen can do, in dishes such as the fresh fish of the day, or a distinguished côte de boeuf. Another special feature is the unique, fabulous wine list, one truly worth exploring. Drawn almost entirely from the Loire Valley, much of it sourced directly from producers, it has been assembled with expert discrimination; prices, by current standards, are a gift.

 

Venue name: RSJ
Contact:
Address: 33 Coin Street
London
SE1 9NR
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 5.15-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Waterloo tube/rail
Price: Main courses £12-£19. Set meal £16.95 2 courses, £19.95 3 courses

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|5
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Peter H

Was looking for a food option on the Southbank that wasn't an overcrowded chain restaurant and so booked a table for a Friday night, same day, at RSJ. Yes, the tables are close to each other and the acoustics in the restaurant, especially in the corner, are less than favourable. However, the food made up for this a hundred fold. Difficult not to smirk at reviews from people who order pasta and mushrooms then complain about having bought the cheapest thing on the menu. I had duck breast, medium rare, which came with a little red cabbage and a thin delicate potato crisp garnish, with juniper jus etc. It was perfect, incredibly tasty and less than £20. My friend had the Lamb, which he also raved about. For pud, I had blood orange tart with plain chocolate sorbet. It was incredible and perfect after the duck. Service was measured and attentive. We didn't drink wine, but the organic apple & elderflower juice was very good. So nice when a good non-alcohol drink is on offer. Will definitely go again. So highly recommended, I created a timeout profile just to review it.

Gianna

Went tonight for a family meal. Impeccable, unobtrusive service, delicious food, very extensive wine list. Highly recommend.

Beau

Small rooms with the tables almost touching one another mean that it's incredibly noisy and impossible to have a conversation over your meal. Pasta with wild mushrooms in parmesan sauce was bland. Sparkling wine was very good though.

al

Went on the strenth of this recommendation. Boring food and stuffy.

Nell

We just stumbled across this restaurant so gave it a try. A truely dull ambience and we honestly thought the food was a bit odd. Stale bread, mushrooms with sea bass that didn't work at all and a pork escalope, the like of which you normally find in a Med. beach bar. No ice bucket for a bottle of white wine on a warm evening and 12.5% service added but can't remember it being mentioned on the menu. Surprised at Timeouts 4 stars.