There’s nothing nicer than a good foodie surprise. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to do too much planning before my reviews but my sister and Kassandra definitely do. And for one of our latest reviews, Kassandra definitely infected me with her pre-planning. See, we had been invited to visit Northbank in London, and Kassandra did ample digging on the spot. I didn’t. But when she showed me the menu and told me all about what she wanted to try, I had to join her in the pre-plan frenzy. The menu looked amazing. And yet, nothing could quite prepare me for how delectable this meal would be.
Northbank is situated – you guessed it – on the north bank just a wee way down from the St Paul’s Cathedral. From the outside, it’s a pretty unassuming space. But step inside and you’re instantly greeted by beauty – and, particularly important for this time of year, warmth. It was a pretty miserable day when Kassandra and I visited Northbank, and so we only welcomed the warm embrace that the restaurant space offered us.
All good meals start with cocktails (or oysters, but hey), and Northbank’s mixologist was determined to impress us by whipping up two not-on-the-menu cocktails. I’m quite adamant that they should be – because they were divine!!!! One was a gin-based cocktail with grenache syrup, Campari, lime juice, and hibiscus syrup. The other was a tequila-based cocktail with Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, maple syrup, and egg white.
Seared Scallops & Tuna Tartare
Sipping our cocktails, the real adventure began: Food! Where to begin? Well, starters for sure. But Northbank isn’t exactly limited in choice. The menu isn’t massive but everything sounds absolutely delicious.
Kassandra and I were to and fro for a good half hour before we eventually decided to order our two favourites and share. We opted for the Seared Scallops with crispy coppa, pickled samphire, and red pepper (£10) and the Tuna Tartare with ginger & soy, pickled mouli, crispy wonton, and seaweed oil (£12).
Both of these were DIVINE. And I have to insert the capitals because they were that good. If it took us half an hour to decide what to order, it took us another half an hour to eat these as we wanted to savour every bite. Absolutely. Friggin. Delicious.
Northbank definitely has a way of mixing interesting flavours, as you’ll see below when it comes to the main meal I had. But hints of this were already evident in the scallops with the crispy bacon bit. Scallops are so delicate and it was certainly interesting to have them paired with the salty bacon bits and a sweetish sauce but the combination worked well!
(Read Below To Find Out Which Ones)
The struggle of choice continued for mains. Crab linguine? Cornish cod? Venison haunch? Lamb knuckle? Leg of lamb? See why this was so tough?!?!? How are you supposed to decide if everything sounds amazing? Our wonderful waitress recommended going for seafood as that is what Northbank is best known for … but, still, we couldn’t decide. Eventually, however, choices were made. Very, very, very good choices.
Kassandra opted for the Pan-Fried Cornish Cod, served with saffron potatoes and seashore vegetables (£22). Cod is always a firm favourite, and the Northbank cod is delicious.
I opted for the Slow-Cooked Lamb Knuckle, served with black cabbage and anchovy dressing (£18). I wasn’t entirely sure about this choice at first – anchovy dressing sounded a little too weird for me. But I’m obsessed with lamb knuckle, so … and, wow, am I glad I went for this! With the first bite, I was a little overwhelmed by the saltiness of the anchovy but after two or three bites this quickly turned into the most delicious lamb knuckle I have ever had. And that’s saying a lot. Don’t forget, I’m from Africa and meat is my forte. So definitely hat’s off to the chef for this!
For sides, Kassandra went for their Heritage Tomato Salad (£4.50), while I opted for the not-to-be-missed Bone Marrow Mash (also £4.50). The heritage tomato salad was a little disappointing, but I think anything would be if compared with bone marrow mash.
As a disclaimer, I am slightly obsessed with bone marrow since I first had the most beautifully grilled bone marrow at a wine estate just outside of Cape Town in South Africa. So anything with bone marrow is an instant win for me. But this mash truly was divine and I only wish the bowl for 5 times as large. Just saying.
But There’s Still Dessert …
I wish I could say that it doesn’t get any better … but it does! Because there was still dessert. Kassandra had already decided which dessert I would be having before I even looked at the menu. And she knows me well enough to have been right. So I went for the Black Forest Gateau with chocolate crumbs and black cherry sorbet (£8). I am cherry obsessed and this dessert was everything I could have dreamed it could be. The chocolate crumble, the cherry sorbet, the syrup-glazed cherries … every bite was like heaven on earth.
Kassandra, as you may remember from previous reviews, is lactose-intolerant. But Northbank wouldn’t let her go without an equally delicious dessert, and presented her with an impromptu creation of mixed sorbet and fresh berries. This looked amazing and is the perfect dessert for anyone wanting something a little lighter. I highly recommend that Northbank should add this to their regular dessert menu – but I’m sure if you ask for it they won’t decline.
… And Dessert Cocktails!
Northbank also has some pretty interesting dessert cocktails – think Irish Coffees and Coffee Martinis. Obviously we couldn’t refuse these and they were definitely a good way to end a delightful afternoon of scrumptious deliciousness.
Well, almost end … we received a final digestif to end off the Northbank experience. And it was a beautiful end.
Obviously you’re gonna have to visit Northbank – coz it was just so good. Get all the details below.
Address: Millennium Bridge, 1 Paul’s Walk, London EC4V 3QH
Call: +44 20 7329 9299
Article Date: November 2019
Photos by @delishkass.
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